FAIRFIELD, OH (FOX19) - Fairfield police are turning to the public for help to solve the homicide of a local Jiffy Mart employee shot during a robbery last week.
They released images Tuesday morning of two suspects they say held up Jiffy Mart, 5353 Dixie Highway about 10 p.m. Dec. 4. The men entered the store with at least one gun, shot Karunakar Karengle, 53, and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash, according to police.
A customer who walked in a short while later discovered Karengle down on the ground behind the counter. The customer called an emergency dispatcher and told her it looked like the worker was shot twice in the right leg.
Karengle, who lived in Fairfield, died Friday at University of Cincinnati Medical Center, the Hamilton County Coroner's Office confirmed Monday.
A person familiar with the situation says Karengle had been working at the Jiffy Mart and sending money home to put his son through school, with plans for his son to eventually move to Ohio. In the wake of the shooting, however, Karengle's body is being transported back to India. A memorial fund has been set up for Karengle on GoFundMe.
Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call Fairfield police at 513-896-8200 or Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040. Tips can also be submitted on the city's website: www.fairfieldoh.gov/AnonymousCrimeTip