The owner of a jewelry store in London, Ont., remains in hospital after he was shot dead as he left work on Wednesday evening in an incident police say involved at least five suspects who fled the scene in a blue sedan .
Officers responded to the scene outside RK Forever Jewelery on the southeast corner of Wonderland Road and Teeple Terrace at around 6 p.m. on July 26, when the business closed, which has been operating in the square for nearly three years.
In a statement, police said a male occupant of a red Porsche was shot dead during the incident and was rushed by paramedics to hospital. Five suspects, including one who remained in the getaway car, are wanted, police said. The vehicle, a later blue Acura TLX model, fled north to Wonderland.
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The hospitalized man was RK Forever owner Riham Kamil, according to Kamil’s associate, Subhi Kutob, who spoke to Global News on Friday.
Kutob was not there when the shooting happened, but says store security cameras captured part of the incident, including how the suspect vehicle had been parked in the plaza for at least 20 minutes before. shooting.
“They parked around 5:35 in front of the store across the parking lot (lot). He closed the store around 5:53, he went to his car. Once he got into the car, they moved their car and they blocked him,” he said.
The suspects got out of their vehicle, one armed with a gun, and attempted to open the driver’s side door of Kamil’s Porche, Kutob said. “That’s when Riham tried to move the car and they shot him.”
In total, he estimates that the entire encounter, from the moment Kamil was blocked until the suspects fled, lasted less than a minute.
“My explanation is maybe they were trying to take it back to the store because it would be easier for them, maybe, to… like threatening to open the safe and grab whatever they can. “
Kamil managed to call 9-1-1 after the shooting, then called his wife and Kutob while waiting for emergency crews to arrive, Kutob said.
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Paramedics rushed him to hospital where he underwent three hours of emergency surgery. The bullet had entered the left side of his torso, breaking two ribs and lodging about an inch from his heart, Kutob said. He remained in hospital in stable condition on Friday.
“He’s a badass. He has been in the business for about 20 years. He comes from a family of first-generation jewelers, so he’s very careful and aware of his surroundings, but he never thought this would happen,” Kutob said.
On Thursday, police released descriptions of the suspects wanted in connection with the incident:
- Male, Black, slim build, wearing dark blue Puma hoodie, dark gray or black sweatpants, and white shoes;
- Male, Caucasian, wearing black Puma hoodie, dark colored pants and surgical mask;
- Male, Caucasian, wearing black hoodie and gray sweatpants;
- An individual wearing a blue and black windbreaker-style jacket, black pants, white shoes, and a white mask or face covering.
No description was available for the fifth suspect, who remained in the vehicle.
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If the incident was an attempted robbery at a jewelry store, as Kutob believes, it would be the second to occur in the city within weeks.
Police say a jewelry store in the 2400 block of Main Street in the city’s Lambeth neighborhood was hit earlier this month by four suspects.
Two of the suspects, one armed with a hammer and the other with a gun, entered the business and damaged storefronts before fleeing without any stolen goods in a red Kia Sorento EX, police said.
“We are continuing to investigate and are reviewing all leads, including motive and any potential links to any other criminal activity that has not been established at this time,” a police spokesperson said in a statement Friday. sent by email.
“We are continuing to search for the vehicle involved. As always, we ask members of the public to please contact us if they have any information about this incident. We are also continuing to reach out to people who have dashcam video and who may have been in the area at the time of the incident.
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