A Chinese Store Owner is Gunned Down in Bella Vista
In the village of Bella Vista in the Toledo District, a Chinese grocer was the second victim of murder during the Tenth holiday. Shortly after seven o’clock on Tuesday night, a robbery was reported at Chens Store in the village. Store owner Jingzhang Xu, was inside his business sitting behind the counter when an armed and masked robber walked in. After demanding money, the robber executed the grocer and fled the store but police were soon able to detain the suspect. Here is News Five’s Isani Cayetano with that report.
Isani Cayetano, Reporting
A Chinese grocer lost his life on Tuesday night in Bella Vista Village when he was fatally injured during an armed robbery. Businessman Jingzhang Xu was seated behind the counter inside his grocery store when someone entered shortly after seven p.m. and demanded money. A shop attendant who was pricing a few items elsewhere inside the building heard when the assailant ordered Xu to hand over the cash. He recounts the frightening experience.
Miraldo Sho, Shop Attendant
“I was in the store and pricing toilet papers. So when I was pricing toilet papers I heard a strong voice that said, “Bring me the money, hurry!” So I said to myself, “Dah who dat?” So I came and see what is happening, and from there I see that a man was there with a gun. What! And I realized that it was a thief. So from there on he asked for the money and the boss turned towards the man and from there the boss man get shot. I can’t say which part but he got shot and so I came running out of the shop.”
According to Miraldo Sho, he observed the masked robber collecting an undisclosed sum of money into a bag, however, he did not see the thief gain entry into the store.
“I can’t really explain how ih gaan een, yes, because I was behind this, pan the shelf there pricing toilet papers.”
“Do you know if any monies were taken after they had shot your boss?”
“Yes, when I came out of the store I saw the thief that he’s putting money in the bag. Yes, he took some money but I can’t explain how much because I’m afraid too and I came running out of the store.”
In speaking with investigators off record, News Five was made to understand that Xu was shot once with a pump action shotgun, a pellet from the cartridge reportedly injuring him behind the ear.
“I mi find some pellets drop pan di floor and I mi show one of them police and police seh that it was a pump twelve, but I cyant really explain if da wahn real pump twelve because the gun was long like this, yes and da wahn black color. Yes, da wahn black color.”
“Now tell me something Mr. Sho, were you able to get a good look or were you able to see who this individual was?”
“What, like how I’m telling you, I only see the man. He got long camouflage and wahn mask and I cyant seh if da wahn Spanish man, wahn Indian man or wahn black man. I cyant explain because he got on mask.”
Sho has only been working at Chen’s Store for late June and acknowledges that his employer was a kind and sincere person.
“I’m working two months and one week, yes. The boss man is good, he acts good. He’s a good man, a kind man. When he thinks of giving something, he gives in a nice way, like especially with me. I di work with he and he tell me, “Ker wahn chicken, cook it.” or “Ker dis, drink it.” The man is good. He’s a kind man.”
Xu succumbed to his injuries while being transported to the Bella Vista Polyclinic. Police say they have since taken a suspect into custody
Isani Cayetano reporting for News Five.
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