LAKE CITY, Fla. - Friends and family remember a Lake City store owner killed during an armed robbery.
Witnesses said there were two robbers. A young black man, about 5 feet 7 inches tall weighing about 180 pounds with short hair and wearing a gray T-shirt and jeans entered the store about 1:30 p.m., took money and left the store in a vehicle, police said.
A surveillance camera captured this photo of the man Lake City police say shot and killed a store owner during the robbery of a convenience store.
Police said Patel's wife Daxa was also shot but not injured.
On Saturday, there were flowers and cars sitting at the Patel's door. There were more flowers at the store.
The couple's son was seen cleaning the store and filling out paperwork there.
"I don't understand what these guys thought they were proving. I really don't. I mean, what'd they get out of it? A couple hundred dollars," said Jenny Morris, who lives next door to the Patel family.
"It's just a shame that stuff like this has got to happen," Morris added. "You never dreamed that it would happen right here in your neighborhood. I mean, look at the store. It's what a little over 100 feet from my house."
"I couldn't believe it, really," said Raymond Newtown, a customer.
If you have any information about the men sought in the killing, call Lake City police at 386-719-2068.
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