Deceased Gibsonville store owner had already been armed robbery victim

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GIBSONVILLE, N.C. — A business owner in Gibsonville who was shot and killed on Saturday had already been the victim of a previous armed robbery.

Gibsonville Police said a female suspect robbed and fatally shot 61-year-old Paresh Shah around 10:40 p.m. outside of Ken’s Quickie Mart at 305 W Main St.

FOX8 has learned Shah had already been the victim of an armed robbery a little more than a year before his death.

Shah owned Ken’s Quickie Mart and also owned Triangle Grocery at 1001 Hickory Chapel Road in High Point.

High Point police said Dennis James Slade, Jr., now 23, robbed Triangle Grocery on July 6, 2012.

Police records indicate Slade slashed the then 60-year-old Shah’s face with some sort of blade in the process.

High Point Police arrested Slade the same day as the incident and charged him with attempted murder.

Lt. Kevin Ray did not know the status of Slade’s case as of Tuesday.

Gibsonville police are still searching for the suspect in Saturday’s shooting.

Both Ken’s Quickie Mart in Gibsonville and Triangle Grocery in High Point are closed until further notice.

The Shah family held a memorial service Tuesday for Shah at Forbis and Dick Funeral Home on Friendly Avenue in Greensboro. The family declined to speak to FOX8.

A family friend said, “They’re just not even in the right mind to talk to anyone right now.”

Authorities are offering a $5,000 reward to anyone who can lead to an arrest and conviction of the suspect. Alamance County Crime Stoppers can be reached at (336) 229-7100 and Guilford County Crime Stoppers at (336) 373-1000.