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Sunny Patel. ( photo)

CLEVELAND HEGHTS, Ohio — Police have arrested a suspect in the fatal shooting of an Indian American teenage employee at a fast food restaurant in suburban Cleveland.

Cleveland Heights police say the man was taken into custody Oct. 16 after officers spotted a person matching the suspect's description. Detectives are still investigating.

Authorities have said an armed suspect entered a Mr. Hero store Oct. 14 and shot the boy once in the head before taking money from the cash register and fleeing.

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office Oct. 15 identified the teenage boy as 15-year-old Sunny Ravi Patel of Highland Heights. He died at a hospital.

Surveillance photos show a suspect wearing a hooded sweatshirt, sunglasses and a rag across his face enter the store with a gun at his side.

Police say three customers and the store's owner weren't injured.

A $5,000 reward was being offered for information leading to the suspect's arrest and indictment.

An India-West staff reporter adds: According to a News5 report, Patel was a sophomore at Mayfield Heights High School.

"I miss my child," Ravi Patel, Patel's father, told the reporter through tears.

A GoFundMe account has also been created to help the Patel family with funeral costs:

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