Store Owner Feels Blessed He Wasn’t Hit by Gunfire During Police Chase and Shooting

Apr 21, 2019, 9:58 PM | Updated: 10:49 pm

SALT LAKE CITY – On April 8, a gunman led police on a chase through the streets of Salt Lake – a chase that ended in a hail of gunfire after the gunman crashed into a store.

That store was Princess Alterations at 3339 S. State in South Salt Lake.  Two weeks later, it’s still in shambles and the owners say they can’t stay there.

The business is now boarded up.  The interior walls, along with dresses, shirts and other clothing, are riddled with bullet holes.  Shattered glass covers the floor.  The little shop looks like an explosion happened inside.

Thaer Hassan was working in the back of the store when the truck crashed through it.  He called his wife.

“He was screaming ‘help me, help me.’ I asked what happened,” said Saadiyah Hassan.  “He said, ‘I don’t know what’s going on here.’”

Police opened fire on the suspect, 37-year-old Harold Vincent Robinson, killing him at the scene.

While devastated over the damage to their store, the Hassans feel grateful it wasn’t worse, and it definitely could have been.

They say one of the shots fired could have hit Thaer, and point to a bullet hole in the back of the store as evidence.  Fortunately, he stepped away from his work area right before the shooting started.

“He’s very lucky,” said Saadiyah Hassan. “He says God blessed me.”

The Hassans will now have to rebuild but because of memories that are now too painful, they say it will have to be somewhere else.

“For my husband’s problems, we’re going to have to move,” said Saadiyah Hassan.  “We’re not going to stay here.”

The Hassans have had to close up shop while they wait for the insurance company to assess the damage.  There’s also a GoFundMe page (https://www.gofundme.com/f/relocating-princess-alterations-and-leather-work


KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

The 6-month-old troublemaker leading first responders on a chase on I-80. (Salt Lake County Animal ...
Michael Houck

Stray dog runs loose at entrance of Parleys Canyon freeway

A stray puppy gave first responders a slow-speed chase on the highway entrance of Parleys Canyon Sunday.
1 day ago
Lava flowing from Mauna Loa Volcano during the night. (KSL-TV's Carissa Hutchinson)...
Shelby Lofton

‘It’s kind of an eerie feeling;’ Utah man living in Hawaii witnesses Mauna Loa eruption

A Utah man has a front-row seat to the Mauna Loa Volcano eruption happening on the Big Island of Hawaii.
1 day ago
Campus View Suites II where 18-year-old Peyton Hall fell to his death Sunday morning. (KSL-TV)...
Michael Houck & Lauren Steinbrecher, KSL-TV

Utah Tech student dead after accidentally falling from balcony

A freshman Utah Tech University student is dead after accidentally falling from a fifth-floor balcony early Sunday morning, according to the university and Utah Tech Police Department.
1 day ago
Three men are facing federal charges for allegedly robbing a postal carrier at gunpoint and taking ...
Brooke Williams

Man arrested after lengthy search, one still wanted

A 22-year-old man was arrested early Sunday after fleeing from a traffic stop.
1 day ago
A West Valley police car. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)...
Brooke Williams

Two dead after crashing into parked truck

Two people died after they crashed into a truck parked on the side of the road on Saturday.
1 day ago
Keith Jensen's Christmas home lit up by all the festive lights. (KSL-TV)...
Michael Locklear

Millcreek man lights up neighborhood with the face of Santa

Millcreek man is spreading Christmas cheer through tens of thousands of lights all around his home.
2 days ago

Sponsored Articles

house with for rent sign posted...
Chase Harrington, president and COO of Entrata

Top 5 reasons you may want to consider apartment life over owning a home

There are many benefits of renting that can be overshadowed by the allure of buying a home. Here are five reasons why renting might be right for you.
Festive kitchen in Christmas decorations. Christmas dining room....
Lighting Design

6 Holiday Decor Trends to Try in 2022

We've rounded out the top 6 holiday decor trends for 2022 so you can be ahead of the game before you start shopping. 
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to choose what MBA program is right for you: Take this quiz before you apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Diverse Group of Energetic Professionals Team Meeting in Modern Office: Brainstorming IT Programmer...
Les Olson

Don’t let a ransomware attack get you down | Protect your workplace today with cyber insurance

Business owners and operators should be on guard to protect their workplace. Cyber insurance can protect you from online attacks.
Hand turning a thermostat knob to increase savings by decreasing energy consumption. Composite imag...
Lighting Design

5 Lighting Tips to Save Energy and Money in Your Home

Advances in lighting technology make it easier to use smart features to cut costs. Read for tips to save energy by using different lighting strategies in your home.
Portrait of smiling practitioner with multi-ethnic senior people...
Summit Vista

How retirement communities help with healthy aging

There are many benefits that retirement communities contribute to healthy aging. Learn more about how it can enhance your life, or the life of your loved ones.
Store Owner Feels Blessed He Wasn’t Hit by Gunfire During Police Chase and Shooting