A 56-year-old gas station owner was shot and killed this morning in Chester City, police said.

The victim, Mohammed Fareed, provided police with a description of the gunman before succumbing to his wounds at Crozer Chester Medical Center, authorities said.

Police said they were called to the Sunoco station and A Plus store at 9th and Kerlin Streets about 4 a.m. in response to a call of shooting.

There, they found longtime owner Fareed with bullet wounds to the torso near the gas pumps, police said. He was able to talk and provided a description of the gunman and the direction in which he fled.

Initial reports indicated Fareed had been shot during an attempted robbery, but a statement issued by police at noon made no mention of a stickup.

Fareed, of Ivyland, Bucks County, died a short time after arriving at the hospital, officials said.

Police have not yet provided a description of the gunman.

Anyone having information is asked to call Chester Police Detective Nelson Collins at (610) 447-8431 or Delaware County Detective Michael Jay at (610) 891-4700