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Chicago liquor store owner killed in attempted robbery; Police search for gunman seen on surveillance video

Chicago police have released surveillance video of a gunman wanted in the fatal shooting of a liquor store owner Monday night.

Salim Khamo, an Iraqi refugee who was due to retire next month, was working behind the counter at the J&K Food and Liquor store in the 6300 block of North Western Avenue when the suspect entered just before 10 p.m., FOX32 Chicago reported.

The suspect brandished a handgun and demanded money before shooting the victim, police said.

Khamo, who was carrying a gun owner’s ID due to Chicago’s crime wave, was shot in the chest but managed to fight back, according to the report. The suspect fled empty-handed.

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Khamo was rushed to hospital, where he died from his injuries.

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The store owner is survived by his wife, three children and seven grandchildren, the station reported. Khamo and his family came to the United States from Iraq as refugees and hoped to start a new life.

“The store was a testament to his honest work and he was so proud of all the risks he took to support his family,” his son, Siefar Khamo, told the Chicago Sun-Times.

“Nothing brought him more joy than seeing his family continue to grow in the new life he had started here for them,” his son said. “His grandchildren were his light and his joy. They could brighten his smile every time they saw him.”

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Authorities have asked anyone with information about the suspect or the homicide to contact police.