By Joe Vazquez

ALAMEDA (KPIX 5) — Police are searching for a suspect after two gas station employees were shot in Alameda Saturday night.

The violence at the Arco station started just before 11 o’clock Saturday night. A man who employees recognized as someone who had painted graffiti on the gas station earlier in the day walked into the store. The clerk, Leo, told him he should leave, which he did. But two employees who were here Saturday night, but did not see the shooting, say the man came right back and shot two of their workmates in the parking lot.

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“Like, pew, pew, pew. Like two continuous and then one take a second or two,” Bassem Ahmed-Elsayed, one of the uninjured employees told KPIX 5.

The manager identified the injured employees as Biniam Goitom – known as Beanie, and Leo Vega.

“I heard Beanie like, ‘Aargh, aargh,’ and then so I said ‘what’s up?’ and I move to this way and I find Leo holding his chest and saying ‘call 9-1-1,’” Bassem said.

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“This guy walked in and then he told me, ‘hey – Leo and Beanie got shot.’ So we called the police and everybody,” Wycliffe Rutto, the other uninjured employee said.

The suspect fled after the shooting.

The manager of the gas station says he turned over surveillance footage of the suspect from when he was in the store, but no cameras captured the shooting itself.

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Alameda police investigators were not available to verify the photo to KPIX5 News.