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Store owner dies after shooting; police seek gunman

A southwest Atlanta store owner shot in a robbery earlier this month has died, and police and family members both are working to identify the person responsible.

Diponker Das, a husband and father of two, died Friday when his family took him off life support, Channel 2 Action News reported.

"Doctors said that as long as he would be alive, he'd be suffering, so we decided to let him go with dignity and love," Avik Das, the victim's nephew, told Channel 2.


Das was shot Oct. 14 when a man came into the G. Corner Food Mart in the 1000 block of Cascade Avenue and confronted him with a gun, police said. The man shot Das in the back of the head and took cash and lottery tickets.

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"Mr. Das came from behind his shielded area and, at some point, the young man walked up to him and shot him in the head," police Maj. Adam Lee said.

Diponker Das (Channel 2 Action News)

Police have distributed surveillance footage of the person they are seeking.

“Tomorrow,” Avik Das said, “it could happen to somebody else."

Tipsters with knowledge of the case can remain anonymous, and be eligible for rewards of up to $2,000, by contacting Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-8477, texting information to 274637 or visiting crimestoppersatlanta.org.

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