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Suspect In Henderson Shooting Has Previous Murder Conviction

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HENDERSON, N.C. — Patrick Gill, accused of shooting a local convenience store owner during a robbery Thursday, has a pretty serious criminal history.

He is a convicted murderer -- convicted of second-degree murder in Vance County in 1983.

Records show he served a little more than five years in Central Prison.

After his release in 1989, he was sentenced to probation three separate times: In 1995 and '96 for two different misdemeanors and then again in 1998 for felony food-stamp fraud.

Gill, 48, is charged with attempted murder and armed robbery in connection with Thursday's shooting. After being arrested during a search of his residence late Thursday night, he was taken to the Vance County Jail.

The arrest came following an investigation into the shooting at Community Food Mart on Andrews Avenue. Investigators said store owner Abdalrahm M. Alsad, 30, was shot in the head and left for dead during a robbery just before 1 p.m.

Alsad was taken by ambulance to Maria Parham Medical Center and was later transferred to Duke University Medical Center. There was no word on his condition Friday.

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