Store clerk recounts calling for help after stabbing

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE)- A normal Thursday night turned into a bizarre scene when a man walked into his store bleeding from the neck. Saturday, we heard from the man who called 911 for the stabbing victim just moments before APD shot and killed that man’s attacker. The Freeway Liquor Store Clerk stays busy weekday nights but he’d never seen excitement like this before. We caught up with him at his other job.

It began like any other shift for Freeway Liquor store clerk Sham Eli. But at around 9:30 p.m., his night took a drastic turn.

“We were extremely busy like it was every Thursday night and this guy, he walked in and he had his throat cut,” says Eli.

Eli couldn’t believe his eyes.

“He had no shirt on but his blood is going all the way down up to here and you just see upside down like that, you go like, ‘oh my God, are you for real?!’…I was like, are you a movie star or something because you see things like that in the movie but it was all real,” exclaims Eli.

The man immediately asked Eli to call 911.

“Can you call the ambulance for me? So, I grabbed the phone and I called the ambulance. They said, what happened to him? I said, I don’t know,” recalls Eli.

Police played that 911 call at a press conference Friday afternoon.

Dispatcher: “Albuquerque 911, officer 2118, where is your emergency?”
Eli: “Yes, this guy in the parking lot, I think he got shot or something, he’s bleeding to death.”

At first, Eli thought the man had been shot but, when he came back inside he told Eli he had been stabbed in the throat.

Eli recounts what the man told him, “This guy across the street he got a knife and he cut me on my stomach and I got that,” Eli says, holding his throat.

He called 911 again and relayed the message. By this time, Eli says his customers had cleared out, leaving only him and his partner.

“A couple of minutes later, we saw this police officer spotted somebody right across the street at the signal light and ten seconds later, we heard the gunshots- bang, bang, bang, bang, bang,” says Eli.

Paramedics soon arrived at the store to tend to the stabbing victim. Police closed down the road and Eli’s store. They spent hours investigating, keeping Eli waiting in the parking lot until close to 3 a.m.

“Taking pictures and taking the samples of the blood and, all those stuff, yeah. It was horrible, yes,” Eli says.

It’s a night Eli won’t soon forget but, despite his harrowing experience, Eli says, he’s glad he could help.

“If I didn’t have a cellphone, I didn’t know what I was going to do. How could I ask for help? But I’m glad I had my phone and I was a help. I feel proud of that, that I saved somebody’s life,” says Eli.

Eli calls his experience a nightmare but says it’s not going to scare him away from returning to work. Friday, police told KRQE News 13 the stabbing victim was stable and still in the hospital. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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