Police identified the victim as Ismael Doumbia, 50. (He would have turned 51 on Thursday.)
The shooting was reported at 3:20 a.m. in the 2700 block of Freedom Drive. When officers arrived, they found a male with a gunshot wound. He died at Carolinas Medical Center.
Investigators said the robber fled after shooting the clerk. No arrest had been announced.
Anyone with information is asked to call 704-432-TIPS to speak with a homicide detective, or call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600, or visit the Crime Stoppers website at .