ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Two investigations are progressing after a man was fatally shot early Thursday morning in the Lamar Parr Plaza.
Around 12:30, officers found 55-year-old Barry Kerper with a gunshot wound at Professional Financial Services/Johnson's Boutique, which Kerper owns. Officials say the motive was likely robbery.
The District Attorney says that there are dual investigations now underway; one into the murder, and another into the theory that an unlicensed gaming operation was at the storefront.
The D.A.'s office says that there were witnesses inside the store when the shots were fired, and they called police. Investigators are looking for surveillance video from the surrounding area that may show the killer.
Police say an unknown man knocked on the door of the business asking to come inside. The owner would not let him in, and the two began exchanging words before the suspect left.
The suspect returned soon after with a gun and fired at least one shot into the business, leaving the victim fatally wounded.
A neighboring business owner says the victim was not operating the businesses listed on the sign Professional Financial Services/ Johnson's Boutique.
The business owner says those businesses have not been operating at that location for several months.
Kerper turned 55 on November first.
Police are asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 229-436-TIPS or the Albany Police Department at 229-431-3288.