MOUNT DORA, Florida. “A woman was shot and killed and a man was critically injured Monday night during an apparent robbery at their Mount Dora store, according to police.”
Mount Dora interim police chief Brett Mead told a news conference Tuesday morning that the victims, who own the T&N Market on North Grandview Street, are closing for the night they were both shot several times.
Mead said officers found the man, identified as Khiem Ba Trinh, 56, passing Tony, and a woman, identified as Minh Nguyen (Tina), 47, in the store, suffering from gunshot wounds.
Nguyen was pronounced dead at the scene, and Trin was flown by helicopter to the Central Florida Regional Hospital in Sanford, where he remains in critical condition, according to Mead.
Mead said a video outside the store showed an assailant wearing dark clothing confronting Trin and forcing him to return to the store where the robbery and shooting took place. No one else was in the store at the time of the shooting, Mead said.
A black-clad, hooded subject approached Tony as he placed objects in his car and prepared to close the store so that the subject could force him – Tony – to return to the store where the robberies and shootings took place. Said Mead.
The armed robber was then seen on video leaving the store while carrying a white bag, although Mead said it was not yet known what had been stolen from the store.
The attacker is described as a man with a weak figure.
“This man will be captured,” Mead said. “Please help us pass on this information so that we can bring this person to justice.”
Mead said he hoped the store’s video would reveal even more evidence of the shooting.
“It hits the heart of our community, it’s a dagger in all our hearts,” Mead said.
Lorraine Bowman bought flowers and placed them in front of the store on Tuesday morning.
“It’s something that is accepted by the community. This is not real. It’s so unrealistic for that to happen, “she said.
Mead said several people entered the store after the shooting, and he believes one of them called 911 to report the incident. He said investigators were working to identify the caller.
The T&N market was called a key element of the northeastern community, and authorities identified store owners as pillars of Mount Dora.
A candlelight vigil will be held at 18:00 on Tuesday in front of the store.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Mount Dora or Crimeline police on 800-423-TIPS.
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