An Indian American store owner in Rome, Ga., Feb. 6 was fatally shot and another person was injured in separate incidents involving whom police believe is the same shooter.
Police arrested Lamar Rashad Nicholson, 28, whom they allege walked into Hi-Tech Fuel on Burnett Ferry Road around 9 p.m. Feb. 6 and shot Parmjit Singh multiple times, according to a WSB-TV report.
Singh died from his wounds.
Police added that Nicholson was in the store for less than 12 seconds, the report said.
"He didn't take anything. He didn't take any money. He didn't take any articles from the store. He just simply came in and fired off three rounds at the clerk and killed him," Floyd County police Sgt. William Wacker said, according to the report.
Members of Singh's family said they are just beginning to mourn their loved one, the report said.
"I still feel like it's a dream. I can't tell, like, just trying to pinch myself and I say, 'Maybe it's a dream," but it's not," said the victim's brother, Serabjeet Singh, in the report.
Nicholson allegedly left the store and went into another store nearby and took money, then shot that clerk, Parthey Patel. Patel is suffering from injuries not considered life-threatening, the report added. He was taken to Floyd Medical Center in critical condition, but is recovering from his injuries.
"He's talking. He's doing everything fine. He says, 'Yes, I’m out of the pains,' and the doctor takes care of it. Thank God for that," Patel's boss, Bipin Patel, told the publication.
Nicholson was arrested and charged with murder, armed robbery, aggravated assault and other crimes, the report noted.
Police went back to the store to collect evidence, including surveillance video, the report said.