NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A South Nashville convenience market owner was fatally shot Friday morning inside the business.
Metro detectives are working to identify the two men responsible for Vinod Jethalal Shah's murder.
"Shah, 60, was behind the counter of Discount Beer Market, 15116 Old Hickory Boulevard, when the two assailants, both of Hispanic descent, entered just before 10:30 a.m.," according to a Metro police news release.
Police said the gunman wore a dark blue tank top shirt, a blue bandana over his face, and dark jeans. He fatally wounded Shah in the chest. An accomplice wore a white long-sleeve pullover shirt.
Shah's wife was in the back of the store, heard the gunshots and saw two men run from the store. They headed toward the nearby Turtle Creek Apartments, according to surveillance video from another business.
It is unclear whether anything was taken from the store and the motive, although robbery is a possibility, police said.
Shah was known for cashing payroll checks of for the Hispanic community.
"Mr. Shah was performing a service to the citizens of the Hispanic community," said Metro police spokesman Don Aaron. "And that's why the police department is turning to the Hispanic community now, especially those who reside in the Turtle Creek Apartment complex, to help us identify these two persons who are responsible."
"He was a great a guy. We always stand up together. On the weekends, we were always were always together," Upendra Patel, Shah's friend.
Shah emigrated from India in the 1970s as a chemical engineer. He has two adult children. He celebrated a daughter's wedding this summer.