A 49-year-old Gwinnett County man was killed at his home Friday night during an apparent robbery, police said.
Photo: Gwinnett County Police Department
Photo: Gwinnett County Police Department

LATEST: DeKalb business owner shot, killed in garage of his Gwinnett home

A DeKalb County business owner was killed at his Gwinnett County home Friday night during an apparent robbery, according to police.

Sukkee Hong, the owner of TME Check Cashers in Lithonia, died after someone shot him while he was getting out of his car in the garage of his home, Gwinnett police spokeswoman Cpl. Michele Pihera said Monday in a news release.


Officers were sent to Hong’s home in the 5800 block of Kendrix Ridge Drive in unincorporated Buford after a family member found the man in the garage with “significant head trauma,” Gwinnett police said.

“Once the victim was examined by members of the Gwinnett County Fire Department, it was discovered that Mr. Hong was suffering from a gunshot injury,” Pihera said. 

Hong, 49, was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. 

It’s unclear what happened, but police said the motive in the case appears to be theft or robbery. Investigators are looking into the possibility that the shooting was related to his check cashing business, Pihera said. The number of suspects involved in the fatal shooting is not known, she said. 

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Authorities have not released a description of any suspects.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Gwinnett detectives at 770-513-5300. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477 or visit the website. A cash reward has been offered for information leading to an arrest and indictment in the case.

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