Clerk killed in armed robbery at South Fulton food mart; 2 suspects sought

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Convenience store clerk shot and killed in South Fulton

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South Fulton police are urgently searching for two suspects accused of holding up two discount stores Tuesday and shooting a clerk to death.

The two men first struck at a Dollar General in the 4800 block of Roosevelt Highway, according to officials. They then went to a Quick Pick Food Mart about two miles away in the 5200 block of Welcome All Road.

The suspects, who have not been publicly identified, robbed the Quick Pick and shot the clerk as they left, South Fulton police said in a lookout circulated late Tuesday. Investigators believe the men escaped in a bronze-colored, late-model Chevrolet Malibu, and may still be traveling in the vehicle.

Officials did not specify what time of the day the incidents occurred. Both suspects were wearing one glove and covered their faces during the robberies, according to police.

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Authorities are trying to identify and locate two people involved in a fatal armed robbery Tuesday in South Fulton. Anyone with information on their identity or whereabouts is asked to contact South Fulton police.

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Authorities are trying to identify and locate two people involved in a fatal armed robbery Tuesday in South Fulton. Anyone with information on their identity or whereabouts is asked to contact South Fulton police.

Credit: South Fulton Police Department

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Authorities are trying to identify and locate two people involved in a fatal armed robbery Tuesday in South Fulton. Anyone with information on their identity or whereabouts is asked to contact South Fulton police.

Credit: South Fulton Police Department

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The slain clerk was identified by the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office as 44-year-old Anatoli “Tony” Zenabe. Sayed Buhari, who owns the Quick Pick, told Channel 2 Action News that Zenabe, his brother-in-law, had a family and called his killing senseless.

According to Channel 2, a customer walked in on the robbery and saw the clerk being held at gunpoint. She said the men demanded money, cigarettes and other items before opening fire.

The woman, who asked not to be identified for fear of her life, said she counted about eight gunshots as she dropped to the floor.

“I threw my hands up and I was like, ‘Please, don’t kill me. Don’t kill me,’” the woman told Channel 2 in an exclusive interview. “He was like, ‘You all right, ma.’”

South Fulton police are circulating surveillance images of the masked men that appear to have been taken inside one of the stores. One was wearing a yellow hooded sweatshirt and the other was wearing a black T-shirt.

Anyone with information is asked to call South Fulton detectives at 470-809-7368. Those with information on the fatal shooting are asked to call 470-240-1279.

Tipsters 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 the Crime Stoppers website.

— Staff writer Chelsea Prince contributed to this article.