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A popular convenience store owner, Suhrid Das was gunned down in Atlanta, when he was closing his store at the end of the day.
Suhrid Das, 48, was fatally shot shortly after 10 p.m. The convenience store he owned is one of four businesses in the two-story brick building at the corner of Irwin and Howell streets in the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood, reported the AJC.
Atlanta police spokeswoman Kim Jones said they found the store owner suffering from a gunshot wound to the abdomen.
The victim Suhrid Das was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he later died.
"Witnesses stated that the victim was closing up the store when he was confronted by an unknown assailant and shot one time," Jones was quoted as saying.
Das was shot during an apparent robbery, said investigators.
The Telegraph quoted Suhrid’s younger brother Sanjoy, who is doing his MBA in Delhi, as saying that at least $60,000 was missing from the shop. “We are yet to get more details. But we have heard from Sujitda (another brother of Suhrid who lives in Atlanta with him) that borda (Suhrid) had struck a deal to sell one of his shops and got $60,000 as advance. The money is missing since the assailant left,” he said.
Another of the Das brothers, Ajoy, who too is doing his MBA in Delhi, said there was a robbery at the same shop last year. “The robbers had taken away $40,000 then. So, before closing his shop and leaving with the earnings for the day, borda always used to check if any person was moving around suspiciously on the street,” Ajoy said.
“The employees of the store have told Sujitda that on Wednesday night, borda saw two men moving about suspiciously. Borda was returning to his shop when he was shot,” he added. Ajoy, however, said he had come to know that Suhrid had been shot in the back.
People in the locality said the store had been robbed “two-three times” earlier.
Wbstv.com quoted the Atlanta police as saying it was unclear if the shooting and the robbery were connected.