Store owner killed after exchange of gunfire with robbers

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CHICAGO — A store clerk died Friday after an exchange of gunfire during a robbery on the South Side, police said.

Chicago police were dispatched to the 100 block of East 71st Street around 1:45 p.m. Friday, on the report of a shooting.

Mujammed "Omar" Maali, 33, co-owns the store and was working when, according to police, three men and a 17-year-old, walked entered the store.  One of the men produced a gun and tried to get the register.

Maali produced his own gun and exchanged gunfire with the men, police said. The 17-year-old and a 34-year-old man were struck. Ali was also wounded.

Maali taken to the hospital in critical condition. He underwent surgery. Around 8 p.m. police issued an update that the clerk had died.

The 17-year-old male sustained a gunshot wound to the leg and body and was transported to Comer Children’s Hospital.

The 34-year-old male was shot in the left leg and transported to the University of Chicago Medical Center.

The two other men were taken into custody.

Police said they have video of the four suspects leaving the store.

Charges are pending on all four offenders. Charges will likely include murder.

 

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