Waterbury police said David Shand, 61, has died after he was shot during an armed robbery at the Bucks Hill Market on July 20.
His death has been ruled as a homicide and the suspect, Tony Dupre, may now face additional charges.
Police said 19-year-old Dupre entered the Bucks Hill Market on July 20, located on Boyden Street, and started shopping for items such as bread and juice. As the clerk was putting the items in a bag, police said Dupre pulled out a revolver and shot Shand in the neck.
Police told Eyewitness News that Shand was rushed to Waterbury Hospital before being transferred to Hartford Hospital. For the last few weeks he had been fighting for his life.
He was paralyzed and battling a pneumonia, but still talked to family about returning to the job he loved.
Surveillance cameras inside the market caught the suspect on camera and after a short chase, police said they were able to arrest him.
Dupre, who apparently has no known criminal record and recently finished high school, was charged with criminal attempt at murder, first-degree robbery, larceny and interfering with an officer.
The community has created a memorial in front of Bucks Hill Market to remember Shand, who many say was a wonderful man.
"My heart is broken. He was one of the best people in the world. (He was) down to earth and dedicated to what he did," said Tammy Perrault of Waterbury.
Shand was so much more than a "store clerk" to many of his customers.
"If you didn't have the exact change in your pocket it was alright, (he would say) 'next time you see me, you give it to me'," said Ileana Meia of Waterbury. "He's going to be missed a lot by everyone who knew him."
Anyone looking to make a donation in Shand's memory can give to the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), because animals were always near and dear to his heart.
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