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Store clerk shot and killed in Lowndes County

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By Alicia Eakin - bio | email

July 30, 2008

LAKE PARK, GA (WALB) -  Law enforcers in Lowndes County have identified the man who killed a store clerk Wendesday afternoon.

They say 20 year-old Daymon Heard was the gunman shot and killed a store clerk in cold blood.  His friends and family identified him to investigators late Wednesday night.

Investigators say Heard walked into the Triangle Foods on Highway 41 in Lake Park late Wednesday afternoon, pulled a gun and fired at least four shots at the clerk.

He then took money from the register and left.

A few seconds later he came back, went around the counter and stepped over the clerk to grab cigarettes.

A customer walked in 15-minutes later and called 911.  The clerk died at South Georgia Medical Center.

Investigators say the brutal and senseless murder was caught on store surveillance cameras.

"He was very bold, very calm. Calm, cool and collected. He walked in, put a Pepsi on the counter, pulled a gun from his pants and shot the man. The clerk did absolutely nothing. he held his hands up and he was shot for no reason. This was senseless. It was absolutely senseless," says Capt. JD Yeager of the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office.

The killer wasn't wearing a mask.  They plan to show us some of that tape Thursday.

The clerk has now been identified as 48 year-old Jay Patel.  He leaves behind a wife and two children.

Law enforcers from Lowndes County, Lake Park, Remerton and Valdosta are out looking for the gunman.  "Every investigator, every deputy available to us tonight are working this case.  We need any help and information the public can provide as well," Yeager adds.

A lookout has also been issued to all law enforcement agencies.  They believe he may have fled to Atlanta.

They are asking anyone with information to call the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office at 229-671-2900.

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