Durham store reopens after clerk killed during armed robbery

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – A Durham convenience store where a clerk was killed in an armed robbery Saturday morning is back open.

Amer Mahmood was shot and killed during the course of the armed robbery of the Joy Food Mart at 2109 North Roxboro Street just before 1 a.m. Saturday.

The store reopened once police cleared the scene, a clerk said.

“He was just trying to make a living like everyone else is and it’s like, it’s gone. He’s gone,” said customer Channelle Gaskins.

Gaskins said she didn’t know the 48-year-old Mahmood personally but knew him through interactions while a customer at the Joy Food Mart.

“He cared about you even though he didn’t know you,” she said.

Durham police said Dmarlo Johnson, 26, shot and killed Mahmood when he attempted to rob the foot mart at gunpoint.

“I find out that the only person that treated me with common courtesy at one of these type stores is gone now and it really hurt my feelings because he was such a good man and just to know that he is gone,” Gaskins said.

Johnson was shot by responding police after he pointed his gun at them.

Johnson has been charged murder in the shooting.

He was taken to the hospital for treatment before being placed in the Durham County Jail without bond.

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