Corner store safety: Several shootings raising concerns

Corner store safety: Several shootings raising concerns

In 12 hour span Wednesday there were two separate shootings in two convenient stores.
In one a 57-year-old clerk killed -- is it becoming one of the most dangerous professions in the city?

An investigation is underway after a 57-year-old man was fatally shot at an east side mini-mart.  It happened around 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Ya Ya Mart at East 99th and Union Avenue.

The preliminary investigation reveals that the victim, Duane Jacobs, worked as a store clerk at the Ya Ya Mart when two men entered the store.  Once inside, one of the suspects asked the store owner, who was also on scene, for change.  One of the suspects then produced a handgun and attempted to rob the store.

The store owner then obtained a handgun and an exchange of gunfire ensued. During the gunfire exchange, Jacobs was hit multiple times. After the shooting, the suspects fled the scene in a silver minivan northbound on E. 99th Street. The store owner is not reporting injury and it is unknown at this time if either of the suspects were shot.

Abdelmunem Abuzahrieh has owned the K&M Deli on 79th and Kinsman for five years and feels fortunate he's never been robbed.
"Do you protect yourself with a gun?  A lot of these shop owners have guns.  I have no gun. Have you ever bought about it.  Well yeah I have thought about it,"  said Abdelmunem Abuzahrieh.

He has thick bullet proof glass and $3,000 surveillence system. Abuzahrieh closes at seven in the evening.

"If I have any problem I try to call the police or something but if that, the police have to respond faster," said Abdelmunem Abuzahrieh.

In Tuesday's robbery where the clerk was killed, the two robbers still on the loose.

The Cleveland Division of Police is asking that anyone with information contact the Division of Police Homicide Unit at 216.623.5464. Anonymous information can be given to Crime Stoppers by calling 216.252.7463 or Text messaging to Text TIP657 plus your message to Crimes (274637).

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