Neighbors React to Convenience Store Shooting - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

12/31/03

Neighbors React to Convenience Store Shooting

Savannah-Chatham police are looking for suspects in a deadly shooting last night. Someone shot and killed a convenience store employee during an attempted armed robbery. WTOC spoke to regular customers at the Shyam market on West Bay Street, who still can't believe what happened.

The Shyam has a lot of regular customers who come for everything from groceries to cigarettes, "practically every other day," according to customer Joe Brown.

So when nearby residents heard the news of an attempted armed robbery and deadly shooting, they were shocked. "I never heard of anything like that happening around here," said Brown.

Police arrived last night to find 40-year-old David Miller on the floor of the convenience store with at least one gunshot. People who knew him couldn't believe it. "Real quiet guy, ain't never bothered anyone, he'd go to work and ride his bike then go in the house, a real quiet guy," recalled Joe "Swell" Bryant.

Bryant says Miller would not have been working there, but his previous place of employment, the Pennysaver on Augusta Avenue, burnd down in October. "I was surprised when I heard it was him," he said.

WTOC spoke with other business owners in the area who say they are not worried for their safety, but have always taken precautions. As for the residents, they are still trying to come to terms with what happened. "It still hasn't sunk in yet, it's news to me that it happened like this," said Brown.

Police are looking for two suspects. If you have any information, call the Savannah-Chatham police or CrimeStoppers at 234-2020.

Reported by: Kim Angelastro, kangelastro@wtoc.com

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