A 33-year-old Arlington man was fatally shot and his wife was wounded during an apparent armed robbery Tuesday night at the Fairfax County convenience store where the couple was employed, county police said yesterday.
Woo Il Pak of 110 N. Wayne St. was shot once in the abdomen by a gunman during the apparent robbery of the Shell Food Mart at 5757 Seminary Rd. in the Baileys Crossroads area, police said. He was airlifted to Fairfax Hospital, where he died five hours later.
His wife, Sunye Pak, 30, is in fair condition at Fairfax Hospital after suffering a bullet wound in the thigh, police said.
Woo Il Pak moved to the United States from Pusan, Korea, five years ago and was joined by his wife last year, according to friends interviewed through an interpreter. Acquaintances also said the couple's 5-year-old daughter and 7-year-old son were scheduled to come from Korea to their Arlington home later this spring.
Police said yesterday they have made no arrests in the case and have been unable to determine whether the gunman robbed the convenience store. They said details of the incident were sketchy.
Police said Sunye Pak apparently was in a back room when the initial shooting occurred. When rescuers arrived at the scene shortly after 10 p.m. Tuesday, they found her wounded husband sitting in a chair near the cash register, police said.
Pak was employed by his uncle, Danny Pak, who has lived in the United States 10 years and is an official of the Korean Chamber of Commerce of Washington.
Sekwon Chong, president of the chamber, said Woo Il Pak "learned the business and he wanted to open his own. I think that he was on the way to his goal."