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D.C. police release new video in killing of merchant showing man before robbery

One of two men whom D.C. police are seeking in the robbery and beating death of a 76-year-old store owner was captured on video surveillance inside the shop two hours before the July 4 attack. (D.C. Metropolitan Police Department)

D.C. police have released a video of a man being sought in connection with the robbery and beating death of a 76-year-old store owner who was captured on video inside the shop two hours before the July 4 attack.

Authorities said they are not sure whether the video shows one of the men involved in the attack or someone who may be a witness. In the video, the man is wearing a green T-shirt with a yellow design on the front. The men in the the robbery were wearing red and gray hooded sweatshirts.

Police are hoping this new information will to an arrest in the robbery of the Gold Corner Market, a case that has worried residents and merchants in the 5500 block of Colorado Avenue NW, in the 16th Street Heights neighborhood. James Oh, the storeowner, was hit on the head with a handgun and died July 8. His wife also was also attacked and injured.

Police said the robbers took $3,000 from Oh and hit him after he had given them the money. The violent robbery was also captured on video.

More than two dozen residents and store owners turned out for a community meeting last week, where they pressed D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier for answers on the killing and for tips on how to stay safe. The chief urged merchants to study the video of the robbery, telling them that even though masked, the robbers might have visited other shops in the block to choose which one to hit.

Oh was a popular merchant on the block and had run the corner store with his wife for more than 20 years. He was affectionately known as “Pop Pop” by the regulars, who recalled him doling out ice cream to children and letting a few people behind on their bills hold off a bit on paying.

D.C. police have announced a $25,000 reward for anyone with information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case. Anyone with information is urged to call police at 202-727-9099 or text the department’s tip line at 50411.

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