CHICAGO — An employee was shot and killed during an attempted robbery at a liquor store on the city’s North Side.
Chicago police released surveillance images Tuesday of a man suspected in the death of Salim Khamo.
Police said 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. Monday.
According to police, a man rode a bike to the store, went inside and demanded money from the Khamo, 66, who was working inside.
The man shot Khamo, in the chest. Police said Khamo was able to return fire, but did not hit the offender.
“He was nothing but a loving man to his family,” his son said.
Khamo was a hard working immigrant from Iraq and owned two liquor stores.
The offender then fled the scene without any cash or merchandise.
Khamo was taken to St. Francis Hospital in critical condition, where he later died.
Khamo’s family released the following statement to WGN News.
My father was the most compassionate and hard-working man I know. He left Iraq as a refugee to escape persecution and to build a better life for his family. 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. He is survived by his wife, three children, and seven grandchildren who he loved more than anything else in this world. Nothing brought him more joy than to watch his family continue to grow in the new life he had started here for them. His grandkids were his light and joy. They could brighten his smile every time they saw him. We would also like to say to whomever is responsible for this senseless act of violence, I hope you are brought to justice for taking the life of such a loved and honored man.
Along with the offender’s bicycle, police did recover a cell phone from the scene.
No one is in custody. Area Three detectives are investigating.