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Wanted for attacking a store owner

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

U.S. Marshals are aggressively searching for Mohamed Hassan, who was captured in surveillance video in January trying to kill a store owner because he didn't loan the gunman money.

Hassan is not only violent, but he maybe unstable. If not caught, he might make good on his promise to take an innocent life.

Hakim, a convenience store owner in Orange Mound, came face to face with Hassan, who was determined to kill him. It didn't happen but Hakim and his wife are both very frightened and still looking over their shoulders, worried if the gunman might try again.

"I still can't believe him," Hakim said. "One day he might be looking for a chance to attack me."


Surveillance video shows Hassan rushing through the door and points a pistol in Hakim's face. The store owner knocked the suspect's pistol to the floor as  he tried to wrestle with a Hassan.

The father of two squeezed out every ounce of his strength to stop the Hassan from getting the weapon until he could make a run for it. When he did the assailant reached down to grab his pistol and gave chase.

You may not know Hassan, but Hakim does. Hassan had been his former business partner. He threatened to kill Hakim if he didn't loan him money.

"I don't know (if he is crazy)," Hakim said. "Known him before. He was a businessman."

Hassan wouldn't give up and followed Hakim to a gas station a few blocks away. Inside the store the gas station owners and Hakim hid behind a bulletproof glass counter as Hassan fired gun shots outside as customers watched.

Marshals say Hassan is not only dangerous, but clearly unstable.

"You have a person who brings gun play into the streets," said Deputy U.S. Marshal Seth Bruce. "It is something all in law enforcement is very concerned about."

Marshals believe Hassan may have gone underground to avoid capture. Others say Hassan may fled to Canada. Either way, if you know where he is call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH. The right tip could lead to a cash reward.

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