John Henry Flood was 19 years old when he was murdered at his place of employment in Clearwater, Florida, more than 40 years ago, and the person responsible for his death has yet to be brought to justice.
At around 7 p.m. on Jan. 8, 1982, Flood, of Largo, was working alone as an attendant at the Amoco Gas Station in the 1400 block of Belleair Road when he was shot in the chest.
Witnesses stated that after the shooting, they saw a man running toward a tan or dark-colored vehicle. He was then seen driving away from the scene, the Tampa Bay Times reported.
When paramedics arrived, they performed life-saving measures before transporting Flood to Clearwater Community Hospital.
Less than two hours after the suspected attempted robbery, Flood was pronounced dead.
The owner of the gas station told investigators that Flood had been working for his company for less than a week.
He also stated that Flood was told to keep $60 in his pocket to make change, and everything else was supposed to be put inside a safe.
Detectives later questioned a then-24-year-old man who had been arrested for robbing a restaurant two days before Flood was shot and killed.
The previous month, he was charged with robbing a 7-Eleven food store.
During the interrogation, the man told authorities that he had nothing to do with Flood’s death, as he was in Baltimore at the time of the shooting.
Flood’s case eventually went cold.
Anyone with information regarding the unsolved murder of John Henry Flood is encouraged to contact the Clearwater Police Hotline at (727) 562-4080 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.