SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) – A man who was shot and killed during a robbery at a Clairemont convenience store has been identified.

Eric Schade was shot to death around 3:45 a.m. Thursday at the Arco am/pm gas station in 6100 block of Balboa Avenue. Police said it all started when Schade made his regular stop at the convenience store. He chatted with the clerk, and then, the suspect entered the store.

"He was armed with a hand gun, he came inside and confronted both our clerk and our victim ordering them the ground. He also ordered the clerk to empty the cash register. The clerk complied with his request and demands, and then went on the floor behind the counter," said San Diego police Lt. Paul Rorrison said.

The clerk said he heard a verbal exchange between the suspect and customer, then a gun shot.

"Our officers arrived on scene in about two minutes. They located a 48-year-old male inside the business on the floor. He had suffered a gunshot wound to the chest,” continued said Rorrison. β€œHe was transported immediately once medics arrived to Sharp Memorial Hospital. Unfortunately he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased about an hour later.”

The suspect took off on foot and headed north. Police officers said all they were able to locate was some money nearby and a hat, which may belong to the suspect.

The suspect is described as a black male, wearing a blue hoodie and jeans. Police also said his face was partially covered with a black bandanna.

Authorities said Schade was a regular at the business.

"He was just out and about this morning doing his routine. Unfortunately he was here and this is a complete tragedy," said Rorrison.

Police are asking anyone with information in this case to please call Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.