Slain Store Clerk Was Chasing Away Teens
Edgecombe County sheriff's investigators have three people in custody in connection with the fatal shooting of a convenience store clerk, and they think robbery was the motive in the crime.Posted — Updated
Sheriff James Knight said Friday it appeared that Ahmad Mahmoed Nimer, 61, was coming from a back room of the Wings n' Things convenience store on N.C. Highway 33 when he caught several people trying to steal from the store's register.
"When they saw him, or what have you, we believe shots were exchanged at that time," Knight said.
Investigators believe Nimer pulled his gun to try to stop them before he was shot, and it appeared Nimer chased the teens out the front door and collapsed, Knight said.
Authorities said they believe the motive for the robbery was to get money to buy drugs.
A customer found Nimer lying outside the store shortly before 7:30 p.m. and called 911, authorities said. Emergency crews took Nimer to Heritage Hospital, where he died.
Wings n' Things previously operated under the name Exum's Grocery Store.
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