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Police believe suspects in Irving carjacking targeted store owner

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A carjacking victim is in serious condition after he was jumped in a parking lot in broad daylight Thursday afternoon.

The victim is a convenience store owner, and his own store’s surveillance camera caught the brutal attack showing two suspects working together.

The attack happened at a gas station in Irving.

From beginning to end, the crime and getaway took 45 seconds. Based on the deliberate moves of the suspects and the fact that the crime happened around 1 p.m., police think it was a targeted assault.

Surveillance video shows that Salim Lalani pulled into the parking spot in front of his store, and 11 seconds later, a dark-colored Chevy Impala followed him into the parking lot.

As soon as Lalani got out of his van and surveyed the gas pumps, he reached in his vehicle for a bag.

“It appears that it may have been a box of rolled coins,” said Officer James McClellan with the Irving Police Department.

As Lalani began to walk inside, one of the suspects sprinted from behind a car getting gas, pushed Lalani down, grabbed the bag and ran for his van.

But it was locked, so the second suspect ran over to the injured Lalani, stole the keys and got in the driver's seat.

Employees ran out and tried to intervene.

“We tried to stop him, but we could do nothing,” said store clerk and witness Dilip Ramini.

The suspect in the stolen van nearly wrecked into his partner's Impala before both peeled out of the parking lot.

Seconds later, a sheriff's deputy from Gainesville who was in town for training witnessed the crime and began tailing the suspects.

“He was taken by complete surprise, and then when he went to follow the suspects, he was unfamiliar with the area, tried to call it in as best he could, but eventually was eluded by the suspects,” said McClellan.

Witnesses didn't get a good look at the suspects, so the physical description is minimal.

“We believe that they're two black males in their late teens or early 20s, but the way they were dressed, they were dressed in shorts and hoodies and another case, sweatpants and hoodies,” said McClellan.

Ramini remembers each man stood about 6 feet tall and didn't appear to be armed. Like police, he, too believes his boss was a target.

“I don't see somebody going to such an extent to steal a brand new minivan; certainly not two young males, and so that leads us to believe there was something else they were after,” said McClellan.

Lalani has a serious head injury, but his employees say he'll make a full recovery.

The victim’s van is described as a 2014 red Dodge Caravan with the Texas license plate CXP 1678.

The suspects are looking at charges of aggravated robbery.

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