Convenience store owner killed during exchange of gunfire with armed robber, Chicago police say

J&K Food and Liquors, 6320 North Western. | Google

A convenience store owner was shot and killed during an exchange of gunfire with an armed robber Tuesday evening on the North Side, Chicago police said. The offender escaped, apparently unharmed.

Police said the robber entered J&K Food and Liquors, 6320 North Western, around 9:50 p.m. and demanded money. He then shot 66-year-old Salim Khamo in the chest. Khamo had a gun of his own and returned fire. The robber was last seen running south on Western Avenue.

Khamo was taken to St. Francis Hospital in critical condition, but he later died, police said.

After reviewing video footage, an officer radioed a description of the suspect: a White or Hispanic man wearing a gray puffy jacket, blue mask, and black skull cap. He may have arrived on a mountain bike that police found abandoned outside the store.

Detectives from Area Three are handling the investigation.

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