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Woman dies after being forced to open restaurant safe, shot

A 29-year-old woman died after being shot early Sunday morning in an Atlanta restaurant robbery, police said.

The robbery happened about 1:45 a.m. at the Barcelona Wine Bar on Howell Mill Road, Atlanta police spokeswoman Officer Lisa Bender told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Three men rushed in as the restaurant was closing and tied up the employees with electrical tape, Bender said.

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Chelsea Beller of Atlanta was forced upstairs to open a safe and then shot in the shoulder. She was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where she later died, Bender said.

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The suspects got away.

“Investigators are diligently following up on leads on this case,” Bender said. “There have been no arrests.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-8477, text information to 274637 or visit crimestoppersatlanta.org. Tipsters can remain anonymous and be eligible for rewards of up to $2,000.

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