Sumter, SC (WLTX) - The day after Thanksgiving, police say two suspects walked into a Save-Mart store and killed the owner. Now, his family is begging for your help in finding them.
Sumter Police say the victim, 57-year-old Vijaykumar Patel, had owned the Save-Mart for about seven years.
"God bless his soul," said Patel's daughter, who asked us not to reveal her name. "Help us."
Her emotional plea comes after losing her father so abruptly.
"My mother is going through a lot right now," she said, "She didn't expect we'd get a phone call like this. Neither did I, neither did my brother and my family."
The Sumter Police say it was a random act of violence.
"They entered, ordered some people to the ground, and opened fire," said Sumter Police Captain Angela Rabon. "There were no commands made to the victim, just shots fired."
Captain Rabon says Patel was struck multiple times.
"My father has been in the States for years," Patel's daughter said, "he used to tell me and my brother America is the safest country, like not even a mosquito could be killed. I don't know how this happened out of nowhere."
"It hurts," said Patel's friend Kenny Black, owner of Kenny's Car Wash in Sumter.
"He was a good guy in the neighborhood, everybody loved him [and] his family," Black said.
Black says Patel was known for his generosity.
"If you didn't have all of your money, he'd let you owe him," Black said.
Black says he hopes everyone will do their part to catch those responsible.
"It could happen to me, it could happen to anybody and it's not right," Black said.
Patel's daughter is begging anyone with information to come forward.
"Something that comes up into your mind, not today, but tomorrow or maybe even after years," Patel's daughter said, "that would be a big help for my father and my family. I want to find that person, we want to find that person."
Sumter police say the suspects are said to be around 17-25 years old. There is a $5000 reward for information leading to an arrest.If you have any information, you are asked to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.
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