Investigation in store shooting continuing


Pine Bluff police are continuing their investigation into the shooting of a clerk at a convenience store on the west side of the city Thursday night.

The police report identified the victim as Haidem Shah, 37, who was said to be in critical condition at Jefferson Regional Medical Center Friday afternoon.

Shah was shot following an apparent robbery attempt at the A & Y Shell convenience store at 3110 S. Camden Road at about 9 p.m.

Capt. Greg Shapiro said a black male suspect entered the store, attempted to make a purchase, then produced a firearm and shot the clerk. The suspect ran behind the counter and unsuccessfully tried to get into the cash register, then fled the store running east.

On Friday, Lt. JoAnn Bates said police are still pursuing leads in the incident, and asked anyone with information to contact the Detective Division at 730-2090. All calls will be kept confidential and a reward of up to $1,000 is available for information leading to the arrest of the suspect.

Anonymous tips may be submitted through the police department website at www.pbpd.org or through the Facebook page. To text a tip to Detectives, text to 274637, then put “PBPD” with the message.

This was the second convenience store clerk shot in less than a month at Pine Bluff.

On Sept. 25, Mohammad Islam, 26, who worked at the Big Red Food Mart at 2401 E. Sixth Ave., was pronounced dead of apparent multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body after police were sent to the store at about 9:25 p.m. to check a report that a person had been shot.

No arrests have been made in that case, and a proposed ordinance requiring certain commercial establishments to install and maintain surveillance cameras will be considered by the Pine Bluff City Council next month. That ordinance was prompted by the death of Islam. Security cameras inside the business where he was killed were not in working order.