Oklahoma City Police identify slain convenience store owner

Sunday, March 6th 2005, 11:34 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ Oklahoma City police are identifying the man fatally shot inside a southwest metro convenience store Friday night as 37 year old Thanh Nguyen.

Nguyen -- the store owner -- was shot at the Union Market at 1700 South McKinley about 11 pm Friday during a robbery.

Police say two men described as white or Hispanic and in their 30s entered the store and tied up Nguyen and another employee in the robbery attempt. One employee managed to escape and run for help. As the employee fled the store, shots rang out that left Nguyen dead.

A former employee says Nguyen owned the store that was rarely targeted by criminals. But Raquel Castaneda says the neighborhood was plagued by homicides and gangs.