ATLANTA - Police are searching for two gunmen accused of breaking into a store in southwest Atlanta and shooting the owner, 73 -year-old Chun Yim, Monday night.
It happened around 8:40 p.m. in the 1200 block of Donnelly Avenue.
According to police, two masked men rushed in and demanded cash. Investigators are trying to determine what happened next, but said it ended with the store’s owner being shot in the back.
“The violence that was used in this robbery is very apparent, definitely a very violent attack. The female clerk could have been shot very easily,” Sgt. Anthony Gentile said.
SHOT IN THE BACK during robbery attempt in SW Atlanta. Clerk at Donnelly Food Store at hospital, 2 masked men on run. We're live at APD HQ pic.twitter.com/vinToHv54u— Kaitlyn Pratt Fox 5 (@Fox5Kaitlyn) February 21, 2017
Neighbors who saw the commotion gathered outside Donnelly Food Store to find out the condition of Mr. Yim, the man they called poppa. Mr. Yim’s son told FOX 5’s Aungelique Proctor his dad came through emergency surgery last night and is doing well.
“He’ll always smiles and greets you in the store,” said Gladys Thomas, who was shocked by the violence.
Police said the two suspects both were wearing hooded sweatshirts, one red and the other maroon.
“I really don’t understand something like this and why,” Thomas said. “It’s said. It’s really sad.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Atlanta police. There is a $2,000 Crime Stoppers reward in the case.