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Autopsy: Rocky Mount store owner shot six times

Posted August 3, 2011 9:47 a.m. EDT

— A Rocky Mount man found dead in March at the convenience store he owned had been shot six times, according to the results of an autopsy released Tuesday.

Rafiq Salim "Sammy" Soufan, 47, was shot six times in the abdomen, causing his death, the autopsy found. He also had abrasions and lacerations on his face.

An envelope containing $367 in cash was contained among Soufan's personal effects, the autopsy report stated.

Police said that Soufan was found lying in the doorway of Sammy's Food Mart, at 1100 Old Wilson Road, around 12:45 a.m. on March 7. Police are looking for two or three people who were possibly driving an older gray or black Toyota Camry or Chevrolet Caprice with three hubcaps and one black steel rim.

Customers said that Soufan was a pillar of the community who went out of his way to get to know and to help the people who came to his store.

Twin City Crime Stoppers has offered a $5,000 reward for information that helps solve Soufan's death.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to contact Twin County Crime Stoppers by calling 977-1111 or emailing crimestoppers@rockymountnc.gov. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases, and callers never have to identify themselves.