The Snohomish County Sheriff's Office is investigating after a gas station employee was shot and killed the morning of Sept. 26.

The shooting happened around 5:40 a.m. at a Chevron gas station near the intersection of 148th Street and state Highway 99 in unincorporated Lynnwood, KING5 reported.

The sheriff's office said the suspect entered the store and shot the employee working inside. The employee was pronounced dead at the scene.

The employee, identified Sept. 27 as Tejpal Singh, 60, of Snohomish, died at the scene of a gunshot wound, according to the county medical examiner.

Detectives believe the suspect was attempting to rob the gas station. The sheriff's office said the suspect fled the scene after the shooting.

According to sources within the Indian community of Washington, Singh “was opening the store doing his normal morning shift duties” when the suspect shot him.

“Tejpal Singh was a happy and loving man who everyone adored, He immigrated to the U.S. from Jalandhar in 1986 and was an honest and hardworking man. He was the one man who could cheer up whole room with all his jokes, and was the life of the party.” said one of his friends,

Singh is survived by his wife and three children.