CHICAGO — A man has charged with first-degree murder in the death of a liquor store owner, 10 days after police released surveillance video of the suspect.
Police said Sean Dunnavant , 53, is charged with one felony count of first-degree murder, one felony count of murder and one felony count of attempted armed robbery. He was arrested on Wednesday after being identified as the offender who fatally shot 66-year-old Salim Khamo.
The shooting happened inside the J & K Liquors on Western Avenue, between Rosemont Avenue and Devon Avenue, in the West Ridge neighborhood just before 10 p.m. on October 17.
According to police, Dunnavant rode a bike to the store, went inside and demanded money from the store’s owner, Khamo, who was working inside.
Khamo was fatally shot in the chest.
Assistant State’s Attorney Christopher Nugarus said Salim Khamo was a valid FOID and Concealed Carry License holder.
“(He) stepped back and tried to pull out his gun from his waistband in self defense,” Nugarus said. “That’s when the defendant fired one gunshot striking the (Salim Khamo).”
As the Dunnavant fled, prosecutors said he left behind some evidence including a distinctive bike with the serial number intact and his cellphone.
“The defendant’s cellphone contained various photos including the offender taking a selfie, his social security card, his state of Texas commercial driver’s license and a HIPAA release containing his name date of birth and social security number.”
Police said a member of the community reached out to identify Dunnavant as well.
Dunnavant was order to be held without bail.
Records show he has a criminal history including multiple convictions in Illinois for aggravated robbery and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. He also has a previous conviction out of Texas for unauthorized use of a vehicle.
Salim Khamo’s son Siefer Khamo spoke to WGN News Friday following the announcement.
“Seeing the news today helps make things a little better,” he said. “He always wanted to be everyone’s friend and everyone who knew him would smile.”
Salim Khamo came to the Chicago area from Iraq, after he and his family spent more than two years in refugee camp.
“From the day we got here in 1993 my dad the first thing he did was get a job,” Siefer Khamo said. “He lived that American dream: came with nothing, asking for nothing. He saved money and he did it.”
He said his father will be missed by many and his funeral, held Friday, was absolutely packed.
“It’s a long road and will be tough for my family for a long time,” Siefer Khamo said.