Co-worker Jason Mwewa said the gas station was packed at the time, but that did not stop the suspects. Mwewa had just arrived to relieve Sillah, who was finishing up before he went home.
Police say the suspect, covering his faces with a hoodie, shot Sillah several times before fleeing on the bicycle. Mwewa said he gave chase, but was unable to catch anyone or see any faces because of the hoodies.
Sillah was pronounced dead at St. Barnabas Hospital.
Police are looking at surveillance video they recovered from the scene.
Sillah’s family said he only started working at the gas station 10 days ago, and that the came to U.S. with a student Visa from Gambia just 10 months ago to get more education. Roommate and cousin Mohommad Kijera was devastated.
No arrests were immediately made.
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