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Columbus police release description of suspect in fatal store shooting

A 23-year-old man was killed and his father was wounded Sunday night during an apparent attempted robbery at the 5 Corner Lotto on Linwood Boulevard in Columbus.
A 23-year-old man was killed and his father was wounded Sunday night during an apparent attempted robbery at the 5 Corner Lotto on Linwood Boulevard in Columbus. kedgerson@ledger-enquirer.com

Columbus police have released a description of the suspect wanted in connection with the death of Vatsal Patel, a 23-year-old man who was gunned down Sunday night at the 5 Corner Lotto on Linwood Boulevard.

The assailant was described as a black man between the age of 19 and 30 who was wearing dark clothing during the incident that Columbus Police Maj. Gil Slouchick described as an apparent robbery attempt.

Authorities said they responded to the 5 Corner Lotto at 1231 Linwood Blvd. around 9:53 p.m. Sunday after shots were fired. When they arrived on the scene, they found Patel and his father suffering from gunshot wounds.

Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan said the son, who worked at the store, was pronounced dead at 10:15 p.m.

Patel’s father, who Bryan said owns the business, was rushed to Midtown Medical Center. He is in unsatisfactory condition, Columbus Regional spokeswoman Jessica Word confirmed Monday afternoon.

The Columbus Police Department’s Homicide Unit is investigating the shooting.

Anyone with information involving this incident is asked to call 911 or Sgt. Anthony Locey at 706-225-4291. Emails can also be sent to Locey at alocey@columbusga.org.

Patel’s death marks the 20th homicide in Columbus this year. He was killed three weeks after 50-year-old Dewayne Chronister, a driver for the Warrior Cab Company, was gunned down Oct. 17 at the Parkwood Mobile Home Park at 527 Farr Road.

Sarah Robinson: 706-571-8622, @sarahR_92

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