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Convenience store manager nearly hit by stray bullets in fatal North Side shootout

San Antonio – Bashrat Hussain, manager of the convenience store on the corner of Blanco and Mariposa, said he was calling customers when he heard the first shots. He rushed to warn his customers to get down.

“We hear bullets and we are all down because bullets are coming into the store,” he said. About five bullet holes could be seen through the wall, many near where he was standing.

He was sad to learn that his regular customer and landlord across the street had been killed by a stray bullet. He remembers the 60-year-old as someone who always had a smile on his face when he came to make a purchase.

“If I go outside to smoke and he’s outside the house, he waves to me. He’s a nice guy. He’s old, but he’s really calm,” Hussain said.

San Antonio police say the incident began around 2:30 p.m. near the intersection of Blanco Road and West Mariposa Drive when a green Suburban circled the gas station with five occupants parked nearby .

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Then someone approached the car.

“It looked like there was some sort of deal that was coming to be done,” McManus said.

One of the passengers got out of the car with a gun drawn “and the shooting started,” McManus said.

That person was killed and another passenger was injured by the shooter who initially approached the SUV, McManus said.

Dozens of family members stood outside the shooting home, openly mourning the innocent life of the shot victim inside his home while watching television

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