Gibsonville business owner killed, police search for suspect
GIBSONVILLE, N.C. — A $5,000 reward is being offered for information on a suspect accused of walking into a convenience store and shooting and killing the business’ owner.
Police said it happened at Ken’s Quickie Mart at 305 West Main Street in Gibsonville around 10:40 p.m. Saturday and resulted in the death of 61-year-old Peresh Shah.
The suspect allegedly entered the store about 20 minutes before closing, pulled out a gun and demanded money.
Police said the victim fought back and was shot once inside the business. The victim then went outside and tried to keep the suspect in the store by holding the doors closed, police said.
The suspect made it outside and fired a fatal shot at the victim, who died in front of his store, officials said.
Police said the victim had just bought the store two weeks ago and had recently installed surveillance cameras, which captured images of the suspect.
Officials said two of Gibsonville’s 14 police officers were on duty that night and responded within minutes, but did not see the suspect.
Gibsonville police said they have developed a suspect, but did not release a name or description. The suspect is pictured in surveillance images below.
Police said this fatal shooting was the first homicide in Gibsonville since 2007.
Authorities are offering a $5,000 reward to anyone who can lead to an arrest and conviction. Alamance County Crime Stoppers can be reached at (336) 229-7100 and Guilford County Crime Stoppers at (336) 373-1000.
A sign posted to the store’s door on Monday said the business will be closed for another week.
Community members said they were shocked by the crime and had good things to say about the victim.