Suspect kills Detroit liquor store clerk, flees with 2 cash register drawers

A suspect shot and killed a liquor store clerk before fleeing with cash register drawers Monday in Detroit.

Police said the suspect entered Andy's Market on James Couzens near Greenfield and the Lodge Freeway just after 9:15 p.m. and attempted to buy liquor. When the clerk, 64-year-old Behnam Rasho, opened a door to leave the register area, the suspect shot and killed him, police said.

The suspect then pointed the gun at a 37-year-old man and demanded that he open the cash registers. The suspect stole two drawers full of cash and was last seen running west toward Winthrop with the cash register drawers.

Rasho ran convenience stores all over Detroit, his family said. Before that, he was a contractor for the U.S. Army and worked overseas.

"He fought for this country and put his life on the line to support us to make sure we had a better life," his son, Jonathon Rasho said. "He was the best person. He would always go above and beyond for our family."

Jonathon Rasho rushed to the store when he heard his father had been shot.

"They broke the news to me that he’s gone, and it took me a minute for it to settle in and to be reality for me," he said. "It’s senseless. It’s sickening. It’s disgusting."

Police described the suspect as a male standing about 6 feet tall. He was wearing a black mask, blue and white flannel jacket with a hood, black pants, and black shoes.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Detroit Police Department’s Homicide Unit at 313-596-2260 or Crimes Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.

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