Employee killed as he locked restaurant

A man was shot and killed Saturday as he locked up a Thai restaurant in a busy DeKalb County shopping center.

Officers responded to reports of a person shot about 9 p.m. at the Tucker Station shopping center in the 4300 block of Hugh Howell Road.

“Upon arrival, they located the victim lying in the parking lot with an apparent gun shot through his arm and into his torso,” DeKalb police spokeswoman Shiera Campbell said.

The victim, identified Tuesday as 33-year-old Aromsuk Somohot, had just locked up the Mai Thai restaurant and “was walking toward his car when two suspects approached him and demanded his money,” Campbell said.

At one point, “a struggle ensued” before the robbers ultimately got away with a night drop the business owner was carrying, DeKalb police said.

At least one of the shooters wore all black and sped away from the scene in what appeared to be an older model silver Mitsubishi, police said.

“The victim died later in the evening as a result of his injuries,” police said in a Facebook post.

In addition to the Thai restaurant, the shopping center is home to a Boost Mobile, a Chick-fil-a and a variety of other businesses.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call DeKalb police at 770-724-7840.

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