Auto dealership owner shot while trying to retrieve loaner car in Arlington

As police continue to search for the shooter who seriously injured a man trying to retrieve a loaner car from a dealership in Arlington on Monday, FOX 4 is learning more about what happened.

Employees of the used car dealership owned by the victim say he was assaulted by a customer who had the loan but refused to return it.

The police know who they are looking for. They just don’t say who it is.

One of these employees was with the victim during the attack and was also nearly shot.

Arlington police are not releasing the name of the suspect in the shooting, saying only that the suspect and victim knew each other.

The victim’s colleagues say the shooter has been a customer of their car dealership for years. They say the owner offered to hand over a loaner car he never got back.

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Damien Espinoza sat next to an empty desk on Tuesday as his boss and friend, Adel Elhindawi, fights for his life.

“It breaks my heart because I’ve been by his side,” he said. “I spent more time with Adel than with our families.”

Elhindawi, the owner of Salem Autos, is in intensive care after being shot multiple times on Monday.

“The worst thing is that the person who did this knows who Adel is,” Ezpinoza said.

Espinoza says the man who shot Elhindawi bought a vehicle from the field three weeks ago, but the car had mechanical problems. While Salem Autos was working on the car, a loaner vehicle was provided.

Espinoza says the car was repaired and returned last week, but the loaner Jeep Cherokee was never returned to the dealership.

On Monday morning, Elhindawi and another employee, who did not want his face shown, drove together in a blue Dodge Charger to retrieve the loaner Jeep with a GPS inside.

“We were trying to reach the guy to pick up the loaner car. He said 30 mins. 30 mins. Nothing. It’s been three days. No car,” the employee said. “So we decided to go get it. It was just another car to pick up.”

The employee told the police that he had started the dungeon to leave and said that Elhindawi was following behind in the blue charger. Seconds later, the employee says the bullets came out of nowhere.

“As he came running towards the car, he shot me four times. I slipped away and managed to get out, and my boss couldn’t follow me because the shooter was right there,” he recalls. “So he tried to go around, but he chased him and shot him twice.”

The employee says the shooter then pointed the gun at him, put it to his head and told him to get out of the Jeep. The employee did, and the shooter took off in the Jeep.

Elhindawi was rushed to hospital with gunshot wounds to the head and back.

“Somebody do this to a loving person who was of service, who helped him and who went above and beyond to help him. Give him a car when he needed it. For him to do this to him, it’s is insane,” Espinoza said.

Elhindawi, a decades-old businessman, husband and father of two, is now with his loved ones in hopes he defies the odds and survives.

“Right now he’s fighting for what he has to fight for,” Espinoza said.

The latest update from Elhindawi’s family was that he was moving his fingers and toes slightly, but they say they will know more in the next 24 hours.