Indian businessman shot dead in US store

New York: A businessman of Indian origin was shot dead this week in a store in the United States. Preyas Patel and an employee were found shot to death at a store in the town of Newport News in Virginia on Wednesday, WTKR TV reported. Meanwhile, police have solved a year-old case of another Indian-born businessman and arrested the suspect.Read also – Weird! Hundreds of cockroaches freed in New York court hearing | What happened

And in Lindenhurst in New York, police, who persisted in pursuing the murder of Kinshuk Patel with a machete in his shop, finally arrested the suspect, WCBS TV reported Thursday. “Thank you detectives, it’s been a great job, one year to close this case and I’m asking everyone to please (do) justice for the whole family,” Sanjay Patel told the station. , a cousin of Kinshuk Patel. Read also – Sonali Bendre shares difficulties after cancer surgery: “I started walking despite 23 to 24 inch scars”

Newport News Police Chief Steve Drew said a customer who visited the 7-Elven store discovered no one was working and called the police, WTKR said. When police got there, they found Patel, 52, and Logan Edward Thomas, 35, dead in the store attached to a gas station, Drew said. He said police suspected it was a botched robbery and were looking for witnesses and going through CCTV footage, according to the station. ALSO READ – Parking attendant takes Lamborghini Worth Crores for ‘Joy Drive’ without owner’s permission; What happens next?

The United States is facing an unprecedented increase in violent crime and in New York State, homicides are up 58% in 2021 compared to 2019.

Both men worked in retail businesses, which have a high concentration of Indian immigrants, and which, according to a US government agency, present a “high risk of assault and violent acts”.

In Lindenhurst, an official said they had fingerprints and DNA blood evidence of suspected killer Yoel Atzmon and a video of him entering Kinshuk Patel’s store, according to WCBS. Kinshuk Patel, 33, is survived by two sons, aged 18 months and five, and his wife Ruchika Patel.

She went to the store, Dapper Smoke Shop, when her husband hadn’t returned home after closing time and found chaos there, the station said.

When accused killer Atzmon was brought to court, he became “agitated” and the judge ordered that he be held without bond and subjected to psychiatric evaluation, WCBS reported. “He should be in jail his whole life because he wasted a life,” Ruchika Patel told the station.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “retail is one of the jobs most at risk for workplace violence” and “businesses at high risk for assaults and violent acts include convenience stores, gas stations -service and businesses that sell alcoholic beverages”.

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