Clerk shot and killed in gas sta­tion rob­bery

Gun­man at large as of press time

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - By Tyler Smith

Au­thor­i­ties are hunt­ing for a masked man who al­legedly shot and killed the owner of a lo­cal Pure Food Mart Fri­day night.

As­lam Muham­mad, 46, the owner to the Pure Food Mart on the cor­ner of Ga. High­way 162 and Morn­ing­side Drive, was fa­tally shot af­ter the masked man at­tempted to rob the store.

New­ton County Sher­iff’s in­ves­ti­ga­tor Bill Wat­ter­son said a thin black male, be­tween 5-foot-8 and 5-foot- 10, en­tered the store at ap­prox­i­mately 10:10 p.m. and pulled a gun on Muham­mad. Af­ter an undis­closed pe­riod of time, the sus­pect re­port­edly shot him. A hand­gun was used in the crime, though au­thor­i­ties are not re­leas­ing what type and cal­iber. An un­de­ter­mined amount of cash was taken from the store.

“The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is still on­go­ing,” Wat­ter­son said. “We urge the peo­ple with any in­for­ma­tion to con­tact our of­fice or tip line. Any in­for­ma­tion would be help­ful.”

Wat­ter­son said the crime was cap­tured by se­cu­rity cam­eras and au­thor­i­ties are in the process of re­view­ing the footage. The record­ing is not cur­rently be­ing re­leased, but that could change in a few days, de­pend­ing on the sta­tus of the case, Wat­ter­son said.

The mur­der is the sev­enth this year in New­ton County. Au­thor­i­ties have so far made ar­rests in five of the pre­vi­ous six mur­ders.

If you have in­for­ma­tion, please call the NCSO at (678) 625-1403. Tips may also be given anony­mously at (678) 625-5007 or on the Web site at­ton­sh­er­if­

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