The New Haven Police Department is hoping surveillance photos and help from local business owners will lead them to whoever shot and killed a store owner in broad daylight Tuesday.
"Somebody came outside and yelling, 'He got the shot, he got the shot' and then my boss came here and called 911," said Rha Patel, who works at a neighboring liquor store.
When officers arrived at the Orchard Market around 10:50 a.m., police said they found the store owner, Abdul L. Rawas, 55, suffering from a gunshot wound to his arm and his back.
Patel said he saw Rawas walk outside.
"His mouth is bleeding and after a few minutes, he fall down," he said.
Rawas was rushed to Yale-New Haven Hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said.
Police believe what was an apparent robbery is now being treated as a homicide.
On Tuesday, investigators spent more than seven hours searching for clues and answers.
While police continue to search for leads, a memorial now sits in front of the store where this shooting took place. Mourners brought candles, teddy bears and flowers to the front of the business.
"Anybody gonna protect their stuff and protect their property," said one mourner. "Anybody would do that, if you own something you're going to protect it."
According to customers, Rawas has a brother and had a birthday on Feb. 1.
Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call police at 203-946-6316 or the New Haven Police "Tips Line" at 203-946-2875.
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