Robbers Shoot, Kill Restaurant Owner in Front of Wife, Daughter

Owner’s wife, 8-month-old daughter witness his murder, police say

By Dan Stamm
|  Saturday, Jan 21, 2012  |  Updated 8:36 AM EDT
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The owner was shot and killed in front of his wife and daughter during a would-be robbery.

NBCPhiladelphia.com - Claudia Rivero

The owner was shot and killed in front of his wife and daughter during a would-be robbery.

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Despite telling the robbers they could take what they wanted, the owner of a Chinese restaurant was shot and killed during a robbery in Tacony Friday night, according to Philadelphia Police.

The 27-year-old owner of the Jin House Chinese restaurant on the 4800 block of Longshore Avenue told the robbers to take what they wanted but money wasn’t enough, cops said.

"The owner apparently said, 'take what you want,' but for some reason... one of these perpetrators fired one shot and struck the owner in the left side of his chest killing him instantly behind the counter," said Chief Inspector Scott Small.

Around 7 two armed men entered the restaurant and demanded money, police said.

The owner's wife was holding the couple's 8-month-old daughter when the shooting occurred and saw the whole incident, cops said.

After the shooting the owner’s wife ran outside screaming for help while still grasping their daughter in her arms, a witness said.

The two suspects ran out of the store and headed up north on Tulip Street, cops said.

"It's horrible for someone who's behind the counter to be shot for no apparent reason," Small said. "From what we understand these perpetrators didn't get anything, got no money."

Police said they were talking to witnesses and neighbors and looking over private surveillance videos to try and get better descriptions of the suspects.


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