No Suspects in Slaying of Gas Station Clerk

Police say 56-year-old gas station clerk, a father of four, died from injuries that occurred at the Petro Mart gas station on the corner of East Broadway and Pleasant Street.

Updated at 3:55 p.m. Tuesday with information about reward and more details from police.

Authorities have identified the 56-year-old gas station clerk who was killed early Tuesday morning as Nayyer M. Rana, who died from apparent gunshot wounds.

Police are investigating robbery as a possible motive, according to Capt. Ron Oremus. However, it is not yet determined if and how much money was stolen.

Rana was killed early Tuesday morning at the gas station East Broadway and Pleasant Street. Rana’s friends and family are offering a $3,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect in his death.

“Mr. Rana is survived by his wife and four children,” said Attorney Mike Maxwell. “The family asks for privacy as they deal with the grief of the loss of a beloved husband and father."

A memorial fund has been set up to help the Rana family with expenses at Landmark Credit Union.

It is unknown at this time if the homicide was related to a robbery, according to Oremus.

"Police and fire responded to the scene and found that the clerk was deceased,"  Oremus said in a news release.  "He has wounds on his body, but we are unable to confirm at this point whether they are gunshot wounds."

Police are asking anyone with information about the shooting to call the department at 262-524-3831.

Preliminary Waukesha police reports indicate the man, who has not been identified, was shot multiple times and found at the gas station at about 4:20 a.m. Patch attempted to contact the gas station owner, who was unavailable to comment because he is still meeting with police.

As of 7:55 a.m. police were still searching for suspects in the homicide and there were minimal details on the incident.

A representative of the Waukesha County Medical Examiner's Office arrived on the scene at about 7:30 a.m.

After the incident, Waukesha police checked other area gas stations as a precaution but nothing suspicious was reported.

From the Waukesha Police Department:

This store was also robbed on May 14 at 12:58 am (Rana was not working at the time).  The description of the suspect for that crime was a male black suspect who was 25 years of age, 6-feet tall, 140 pounds, where he displayed a black handgun.  No suspect has yet been arrested for the May 14 robbery. There is no known connection between the two robberies.   He was wearing a black ski mask, black jersey or hooded sweatshirt and dark jeans.

Jimmy’s Grotto restaurant at 314 E Main St . (two or three blocks away) was also robbed on May 10 at 11:48 pm.  The suspect in that robbery was described as an unknown White or Hispanic male, approximately 20-25 years old, 5-feet 7-inches tall, 170 pounds, brown eyes, wearing a gray hoodie sweatshirt, jeans, a black baseball hat with a red emblem, a white and black bandana covering his face, and black gloves with white skeletons on them.  No suspect has yet been arrested for the May 10 robbery.  There is no known connection with this robbery and the robberies at the Petro Mart.

This is the city's first homicide in 2012. There were no homicides in 2011, there was one homicide in 2010 and two in 2009.

Stay with Waukesha Patch for more details on the shooting.

Rebecca May 30, 2012 at 01:35 PM
REALLY?! Are you aware of how ignorant you sound? I sure hope you don't have children!!!! It would be really sad if your ignorance, fear, and lack of humanity were passed down to another generation!!! Get to it together!!!!!!! Rana family..... God bless and may the community come together to help you get through such a horrific tragedy!!
Herb May 30, 2012 at 06:56 PM
The last 2 people that have held up that gas station have been black. Both with guns. So I am a crazy racist to assume it was a black man with a gun? The reason people fear and stereotype is because the statistics speak for themselves. Blacks comprise a scant 13% of the population across the US but are responsible for 50-90% of the violent crime (percentages change depending on the city). Most violent crimes with guns are are committed by black males between the ages of 15-30. That subset of the black population is only 5% of the black community. With actual facts and statistics, why is it so morally wrong to realize the majority of these young males could be violent? I'm no racist- I'm a realist. It breaks my heart the black family is non-existent. Growing up in poverty without a father, a mother most likely dependent on the system their whole lives, no desire to assimilate and a chip on their shoulder about the majority white population is a recipe for disaster. Waukesha Girl, I'm not the problem.
D. Bag May 30, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Oh, St. Swithin, you sure got me! Another liberal head-in-the-sand dimwit, I see, there's no shortage of them around here.
D. Bag May 30, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Why so sure he's caucasian, Scott? Will it "make things different" if he is? Or, when the probabilities based on crime statistics and the fact that the same station was held up twice by black men in the past few months comes to almost guarantee what color the person who robbed was, will it make you sad? People, it IS NOT "racism" to simply point out the validity of observing true statistics and using them to point out the common factors in much of today's crime coming from a specific demographic. Nobody is saying "all black people are bad", but some of us are pointing out that MANY are bad, many do not value their own lives or that of those around them, and will kill you in a heartbeat for a few dollars and whatever you have in your pockets. Do you think those 30 shootings this past weekend in Chicago were done by predominantly white people? Let's not keep falling for the liberal card of "If you dare mention race, you're automatically a terrible person", because it does a great disservice to real debate over why some people in the black community seem to care so little for anything (despite having the same opportunities as the rest of us, regardless of what some of you want to believe), and how bleak their future is if the community doesn't start raising better kids and want to change it's course. Ignore reality if you like, I can't take the blinders of ignorance off of you, that needs to be done by wanting to see reality by leaving the "racism" card behind.
D. Bag May 30, 2012 at 07:24 PM
I wouldn't bother with Waukesha Girl, Herb - she's "not in a bubble" because she's lived in WAUKESHA her whole life! I mean, it's just the same here as it is on Milwaukee's north side, am I right? The girl hasn't bothered to see, read or hear anything that could shatter her bizarre and unfounded perception that somehow, all black people are victims (which allows her to justify murder like this when it happens), and that we're automatically evil for posing questions where we dare even mention race and the changes to the demographics in our city. You can't argue with those who are blind to all but that which keeps them feeling safe and secure in their cozy little bubble, people like her don't want to know reality, they want a nice little story with a happy ending where we all hold hands and sing kumbaya in harmony. Would be nice if life were like that, but some of us know much better.
Madison Girl May 30, 2012 at 08:48 PM
I cannot believe the comments that are coming from all of you Waukesha community members. I attend college here in Waukesha, and my home town is Madison. In Madison, you see EVERYTHING. There are more crimes then you would believe. In my opinion this crime was probably random and could've been done by ANY race. Some other races tend to be "known" for doing things like this, but by assuming you are only making yourself look like a fool. Waukesha is NO where near as dangerous as other cities in this state. From an outsiders opinion, Waukesha residents actually have it pretty well made here. Just to throw out another idea, maybe this is a reason we shouldn't allow conceal and carry? I mean, anyone can purchase a gun and carry it with them..Not sure whose bright idea that was, but it wasn't a smart one. My prayers and thoughts are with this poor family and I really hope they catch whomever did this terrible crime.
St. Swithin May 30, 2012 at 08:53 PM
@D Bag said: "You can't argue with those who are blind to all..." Again, it's like you are talking about yourself, D Bag. She did not say "all black people are victims". She did not say the murder was "justified". She did not say you are "automatically evil". She might not even like _Kumbaya_. You made all that stuff up so you could feel like you are the victim.
Waukesha Girl May 30, 2012 at 08:55 PM
D-bag you know nothing about me.. You don't know that I have known 5 people who have been murdered - 2 by black and 3 by white people. SO therefore I can say that the white folk are out there committing most of the crime. I'm trying to keep things in perspective that we dont' have to condem EVERY SINGLE black person we see, and just because a black person has no father in the picture does not mean they will go out and committ murder. Some do - yes, but so do some while people - with a father at home. Go put on your hood and burn a cross somewhere else, I'm tired of listening to you.
Waukesha Girl May 30, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Thank you St. Within. and D-Bag - if Waukesha is SOOOO horrible full of crime committing black people - you are welcome to leave at any time!
St. Swithin May 30, 2012 at 09:00 PM
I am frustrated by the sparse reporting on this. Is it bad reporting or are the police just sitting on this? Does this gas station stay open all night? Does it have a late-night window for security? What hours was Mr. Rana working? When was he last seen alive? Was money taken? Was he behind the counter or in the aisles? This report says he was shot at 4:20 AM but the newspaper said he was found at 4:20. Who is out at 4:20 on a Tuesday? In Waukesha even the criminals are in bed by that time. I wish the police godspeed on finding the killer.
Waukesha Girl May 30, 2012 at 09:12 PM
Unfortunately the police aren't releasing that much information. I go to this gas station, they do have a window. All I can think of is that the victim was outside smoking or taking out the garbage or something and that is when the gunman entered the gas station. All the cashiers there are nice and friendly. He was found at 4:20 but probably shot around 1:00 a.m. The police don't tell us alot of things because it's information only the suspect will know. I hope they find whoever did this to a hardworking man with 4 kids at home. .
Herb May 30, 2012 at 09:36 PM
You do realize that people who murder gas station clerks and rob people usually do not get their guns through Fletcher Arms and take gun responsibility courses, right? They're buying them illegally off the street. Conceal and carry has NO bearing on crimes like these. You people can't afford to be this naive.
Scott L May 30, 2012 at 09:46 PM
@D.Bag: Obviously you didn't even understand my point? I didn't infer he/she was Caucasian, I merely implied that, "what if you're wrong" because you base your inferences on statistics. Statistics are not facts, they are merely the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data. Here's a better analogy -- an easier one for you to wrap your head around: ** The weatherman gives a forecast that says there's a 40% chance of rain. Will it rain? Maybe, maybe not. He bases his forecast on statistics. However, according to the statistics there's a 60% chance that it's NOT going to rain, so why even forecast rain?** The same point applies in this case. Why forecast statistics on race? Race has no significant role in this horrible crime. The most important thing is that the individual(s) responsible MUST be stopped. Stop resorting to semantical gymnastics to justify your obvious racial bias...
Herb May 30, 2012 at 09:46 PM
The white people commit the higher percentages of crime because we're 70% of the population (but usually non-violent and virtually no rapes). I would never condemn every black person- I grew up in the "hood" in Milwaukee. I was surrounded by blacks until college. But the majority of robberies, rapes and murders that happened in the neighborhood were committed by blacks. It's a fact that the DOJ website even backs up. The problem is bigger than naively resorting to calling me a racist. That's not doing the black community any favors. It's making it worse. It's people like you constantly say nothing they do is their fault is what exacerbates problems.
Herb May 30, 2012 at 09:47 PM
One more murder and I will be gone. Guaranteed.
Herb May 30, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Race-stuff aside, why didn't we hear about the robberies at the Petro Mart and Jimmy's Grotto until this tragedy happened? What more is happening that the Waukesha PD isn't releasing? The police blotter lists crazies and drunks, and nary a peep about 2 armed robberies in the past 3 weeks!
concernd mother May 30, 2012 at 09:49 PM
What we need to think about is what happened here and how can we help this poor mans family to justice... Yes were hurting cuz we lost a great person here in waukesha a caring kind and generious man but the family and friends r hurting the most cus they lost a husband and father. Yes we get that people r judging one race over another.. And yes we all want to know who did this and why. But what we need to do right now i keeping our eys open be aware whats goin on around us. Watching over our family and children. And keeping and eye out for one another. Also if anyone knows anything report it if we see something sketchy if somethings not right REPORT it cus it will only help our community to feel safe and get theSe people off our streets. Let get back to REALITY people and focus on wats important herE. Lets bring justic to our town of waukesha and for his familys sake.
CJ May 30, 2012 at 11:24 PM
I beg to differ on the 'crazies' I have resided in Waukesha for 25 plus years and I will let you know I have lost my sister and mother to mental illness, and Waukesha nor the state has done ANYTHING to help except arrest. I witnessed my sibling beg for help to be admitted and she was turned away. I take offense to this comment in a manner -- by all means please be aware of what you say.
hard working mother May 31, 2012 at 01:17 AM
i walk to work at 5 am n walk home from work at almost midnight all the time i have never had a problem not once n MOST of the people in this neighorhood r just trying to live life n get by dont steriotype everyone because u feel it is necisary when something bad happens in the area fyi the people in milwaukee have food stamp and assistance to so its not that they want to come steal n kill how u so blatenly put it maybe they want a better life then living in a city where there is atleast 1 homicide a night it has been studyed n its more like to fall into a criminal way of life if your surronded by it. n bout the precnancy thing the girls r just as guilty it is just as much there choice as the guy there r plenty ways to protect your self n they choose not to there is two sides to every story.. my advise stop being so judgmentle n learn more about your community before not trusting it
hard working mother May 31, 2012 at 01:26 AM
"stallis" is not milwaukee sweet heart it is not part of milwaukee just happens to be close
Waukesha Girl May 31, 2012 at 03:21 PM
it appears we agree on something Herb.
Waukesha raised May 31, 2012 at 05:27 PM
concerned mother I think what you posted is so true we need to think of the family and keep our eyes open. If you see something that you feels needs to be reported do so. don't let our town become unsafe, we are the ones who need to care and protect our town, and it's members.
kcabeznorb May 31, 2012 at 06:33 PM
this nugget right here is what should be most concerning to the citizens of Waukesha. I bet there are MORE violent crimes that are not reported on by local newspapers or other news sources. In fact I would go so far as to say, that some of these are kept quiet on purpose as to not HARM the on going efforts of the City to re-vitalize the downtown. News of armed robbery doesn't sit well with people who want to come and walk around downtown at night. I bet if you were in the "know" for crime that is commited in this City or knew more of the drug problem, the gang problem, etc...you would be amazed. IMP, I believe there is more concern inside the WPD than what they will ever let on to. They know whats going on and are doing there best to control it....BUT I wouldnt be surprised if its a bigger issue than what we are being told. Bottom line is, there are increased issues of crime in this city and to say there isnt a direct relation between the increased crime rate and the increased population of relocated inner city Milwaukeans would be naive.
love of a mom May 31, 2012 at 08:13 PM
thank you waukesha reasied. im just trying to get people to relise the facts not all this bs that people r posting on here. and these arguing matches
Herb June 05, 2012 at 09:08 PM
First, my main concern is that I'm glad they finally caught this p.o.s. and hopefully he'll rot in prison. I hope this helps with his family's grief. But, I hate to say I told you so, but I told you so. A young "african-american" punk who lived on Jackson Court. Shocker. When are we going to stop sweeping this prediliction to violent crime by young black males under the rug?
kcabeznorb June 06, 2012 at 01:23 AM
carefull Herb.....Patch doesnt like racist posts. My FACTS post was deleted from the most current story. and then they removed the comment feature.
Herb June 06, 2012 at 02:16 AM
kcabeznorb- funny you should say that. Sarah Millard stated on the newest post about the crime that "we've been warned" about stating obvious facts. That's what is wrong with the world today. Shame on you, Sarah...
kcabeznorb June 08, 2012 at 01:20 PM
This was Sarah post from May 29: "Hey guys, Let's try to keep the hate/anti-Milwaukee speech down. None of you know what race the suspect is, none of you know where the suspect is from and you don't know the circumstances of Tuesday's tragic homicide. If you have inside information, then you should be contacting the police." NOW..we know the truth. The suspect is Black. He was from Milwaukee. He lives on Jackson Ct. He is on probation for burglary, he had a loaded gun (which I am 99% positive he didnt have a CC permit.). By stating FACTS does not make you a racist. It shows that some long time citizens of this city SEE what is happen and by WHO.
kcabeznorb June 08, 2012 at 05:31 PM
wow....just saw it
Waukesha Man June 21, 2012 at 09:08 PM
They caught the murderer... big surprise. Who else kills another man in cold blood for Newports and Hostess snacks. If you want to be a good citizen, get your concealed carry permit. There's an epidemic going on: riots at Summerfest, State Fair, St. Patricks, and Juneteenth. It's time someone does something about this problem before they turn Wisconsin into Somalia.


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