Reward offered in Woodbury gas station homicide

Police are offering a reward to anyone with information leading to the arrest of the people responsible for the shooting death of a South Jersey gas station attendant. They also released a sketch of one of the suspects.Someone shot the attendant as he worked at Garden State Fuel along the 900 block of N Broad Street in Woodbury, N.J. around 9 p.m. Sunday. Police suspect two people were involved in the man’s shooting. They also say the motive was robbery.

A passing motorist found the attendant in the street in front of the station and called police. The victim, later identified as Surinder Singh, 40, was rushed to Inspira Medical Center, Woodbury where he was pronounced dead at 9:37 p.m. Police say he died from a single gunshot wound to the chest.

Investigators with the Gloucester County Prosecutors Office joined local police in investigating Singh’s death.According to prosecutor’s office spokesman Bernie Weisenfeld, Singh lived in Woodbury with his wife and their two children. Friends and customers said he would often bring his two kids with him to the gas station that he had co-owned for more than a decade.

An employee at the nearby Colonial Diner said Singh was well known in the area and would often come to the diner.

“He was here every night, sometimes twice a day,” said diner manager Eleni Mitrakos. “I still can’t believe that he’s dead, that I’ll never see him again.”

Mitrakos said Singh’s station closed at 9 p.m. instead of later due to at least two earlier robberies.By Monday morning’s rush, traffic moved past the scene as normal but the family-run station remained closed. Later in the morning, investigators returned to the scene.

Monday afternoon, police announced a $5,000 reward for anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the people responsible for Singh’s death. They also released a sketch of one of the suspects.

If you have any information on Singh’s death, please call Det. Greg Malesich of the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office at (856) 384-5626 or Det. Tom Ryan of the Woodbury Police Department at (856) 845-0065.


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