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Slain store clerk identified, more details released about the crime: See Video

A convenience store clerk who was shot multiple times and left to die has been identified. And police on Monday released a surveillance video that shows just what happened to the 23-year-old Atlanta man.

Atlanta police have released photos of a suspect wanted in connection with the deadly shooting of a convenience store clerk.
Atlanta police have released photos of a suspect wanted in connection with the deadly shooting of a convenience store clerk.
Atlanta police

The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victim as Ajit Dwivedi. He was shot to death Sunday night at the southeast Atlanta store, according to Atlanta police.

It’s unclear how long Dwivedi had been dead when the owner of Big Brother 2 Food Mart arrived shortly before midnight at the store at 878 Norwood Road to find his employee’s body in the front doorway, police said. But investigators said it could have been hours.

Police believe robbery was the motive, spokeswoman Officer Kim Jones said. But it quickly escalated into gunfire. Dwivedi’s friend and the property’s owner said the killer showed no mercy when he shot the clerk, according to Channel 2 Action News.

“He was trying to lock the door,” Roy said. “The robber put gun on his face and pushed him to the floor and shot him."

Then, “He went inside the counter, picked up all the money from the register, picked up a carton of cigarettes and ran out,” Roy said.

The man had been shot multiple times, Jones said. But no one heard the shots. And no one called police. Dwivedi, who lived in a back room apartment behind the store, had just moved from Iowa to Atlanta, the news station reported.

“He was a young guy, though. I hate that it happened to him,” said Michael Foster, who knew Dwivedi and who has lived in the Norwood neighborhood his whole life.

He said Sunday’s deadly shooting is not normal and hopes police will be able to find the person responsible for the shooting.
“This is sad, it doesn’t happen here,” Foster said.