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Deputies investigate robbery, shooting at Spring Lake doughnut shop

Cumberland County detectives are searching for three men wanted in connection with the armed robbery and murder of a Spring Lake man.

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SPRING LAKE, N.C. — Cumberland County sheriff's deputies were investigating an armed robbery in a doughnut shop Sunday morning in Spring Lake. Sheriff's office spokeswoman Debbie Tanna said Rashed Rai, 66, was shot and killed at the Donut Connection, 104 S. Bragg Blvd., at around 4 a.m.

Investigators say the suspects entered the business wearing dark blue bandannas on their faces. Rai, his sister and a customer were inside the Donut Connection when the robbery occurred. Rai was shot and killed as the robbers escaped with an undetermined amount of money, deputies said.

The first suspect was wearing a stripped shirt and had a blue bandanna covering his face. He was holding a shotgun wrapped in masking tape.

The second suspect was wearing a dark blue Carolina Panthers hoodie and had a blue bandanna covering his face.

The third suspect was described as a tall man who was also wearing a blue bandanna over this face.

Anyone with information regarding the crime is asked to call the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office at 910-323-1500. You may also leave anonymous information on TIPSLINE at 910-484-TIPS (84770).

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