West Ridge liquor store owner, an Iraqi refugee, was shot and killed in an attempted armed robbery

CHICAGO (SCS) — A liquor store owner was fatally shot in an attempted armed robbery Monday night in the West Ridge neighborhood.

Police say the thief rode a bicycle to J&K Food & Liquor in the 6300 block of North Western Avenue shortly before 10 p.m. and pointed a gun at the owner, Salim Khamo, 66, demanding money.

The thief then shot Khamo in the chest, and Khamo returned fire without hitting the thief, who fled without stealing anything.

Khamo was taken to Ascension Saint Francis Hospital in critical condition, and was later pronounced dead.

Salim Khamo

Family photo

Khamo’s daughter Sally said he has owned the liquor store since 2005.

“My father was the most compassionate and hardworking man I know. He left Iraq as a refugee to escape persecution and to build a better life for his family. The store was a testament to his honest work and he was so proud of all the risks he took to support his family. He is survived by his wife, three children and seven grandchildren whom he loved more than anything. Nothing brought him greater joy than seeing his family continue to grow in the new life he had started here Whoever is responsible for this senseless act of violence, I hope you will be brought to justice for taking the life of such a loved and honored man.

Salim Khamo with his grandchildren

Family photo

No one was in custody Tuesday morning.

Area three detectives were investigating.


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