WEST RIDGE — Police are asking for the public’s help in finding the man who killed a West Ridge store owner during an attempted robbery, releasing photos and video of the gunman.
Salim Khamo, 66, was fatally shot just before 10 p.m. Monday at his store, J&K Food and Liquor, 6320 N. Western Ave. A person rode up on a bicycle, walked into the store, demanded money and shot Khamo once in his chest, police said.
Khamo was able to return fire but missed the gunman, police said. The shooter ran away without taking anything, police said.
Some of the shooting was caught on the store’s security footage. It shows a man riding a bike up to the store before entering wearing a winter cap and a face mask.
The man appears to put on sunglasses before approaching Khamo and pulling out a gun, surveillance footage released by police shows.
Khamo was taken to St. Francis Hospital, where he died about 11:45 p.m. Monday, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.
A refugee from Iraq, Khamo opened J&K Food and Liquor in 2006, according to the Sun-Times. The store owner was a compassionate and hardworking man, his son Siefar Khamo told the newspaper.
“The store was a testament to his honest work, and he was so proud of all the risks he took to provide more for his family,” his son said.
Ald. Debra Silverstein (50th) said police will increase patrols in West Ridge following Khamo’s slaying and a shooting Tuesday that killed one person and critically wounded another. A 13-year-old boy was also fatally shot in the neighborhood Friday night.
J&K Food and Liquor remained closed as of Tuesday.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to call area detectives at 312-744-8261.
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