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Police Release Surveillance Images In Newark Grocery Store Owner Killing

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(credit: Essex County Prosecutor's Office)

(credit: Essex County Prosecutor’s Office)

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NEWARK, NJ (CBSNewYork) – Police are investigating the killing a grocery store owner in Newark and seeking to apprehend two male suspects wanted in the victim’s killing.

The incident happened inside the JNC mini mart on 14th Street around 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The owner, 37-year-old Miguel Torres, handed over the cash but was then shot several times. He was pronounced dead at University Hospital.

“Appeared to become inpatient at the speed the store owner would hand over cash and shot and killed Mr. Torres,” said Carolyn Murray, Essex County Prosecutor.

“He’s a good man, good people. He work too much in the store,” Yoje Rodriguez, Torres’ brother-in-law, told CBS 2’s Christine Sloan.

Investigators were back in the store today looking for more clues. Police say torres bought the store six months ago. He leaves behind a wife and two children.

“For him to be gunned down in this matter is very troubling to the Newark Police Department,” said Sam Demaio, Newark Police Director.

“He was a respectable guy really generous really kind,” said neighbor Rahkeem Zarif. “I know something has to be done increasing police presence doesn’t have an affect on any of the violence. These guys have no conscience they don’t care about going to prison to jail.”

Police hope surveillance video will help lead them to the killers.  Wednesday afternoon, authorities released a series of surveillance images, hoping that members of the public would be able to identify the suspects.

The gunman’s face is covered with a hood but you can clearly see the other suspect, standing outside in front of the store, acting as a lookout.

Prosecutors say under New Jersey law, the suspect who acted as a look out also faces homicide charges.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office tips hotline at 1-877-847-7432.

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