ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Someone walked into a cash-for-gold business and started shooting Friday killing the clerk and making off with cash and valuables, according to Albuquerque police.
The shooting at National Jewelry Buyers in the 9700 block of Coors Boulevard NW happened about 5 p.m., and investigators are still trying to piece together what happened.
An earlier reports indicated the shooting was part of a failed robbery attempt, but police now say that was not the case.
"Lots of money, lots of product, and apparently an individual went inside, shot the clerk and robbed the story," said Officer Simon Drobik, an Albuquerque Police Department spokesman.
Information on what all was taken has not been released.
Police also have not identified the victim, but the company said he was Richard Glass and described him as a "sincere, God-fearing man, whose playful personality lit up any room he was in."
Detectives worked through the night and are continuing the hunt for the killer. There is as yet no word on whether they have identified a suspect or suspects.
National Jewelry Buyers advertises itself as a purchaser of gold, silver, diamonds and Native American jewelry.
"We are absolutely devastated and so deeply saddened by the loss of our friend and employee, Richard Glass," owner Romie Salem said in a statement posted on the company's website. "Our deepest condolences go out to his beautiful daughter, son, and entire family.
"He was not only an employee of ours, but a member of our family--and I know he felt the same way about us."
Glass's family included a son and daughter, according to the posting.
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