UPDATE: Wilmington store clerk dies after being shot during robbery

The clerk of a Concord Avenue food market, who was shot during a robbery at the store, has now died from his injuries, according to Wilmington Police.

An officer on patrol spotted someone lying on the ground at the corner of Concord Avenue and West Street shortly after 8:30 Tuesday night.  The victim had been shot in the chest with an apparently large-caliber weapon.  He has now been identified as 22-year-old Al-Haidari Esam.

After requesting an ambulance be sent to the scene, the officer found a witness who reported that Esam was shot during a robbery at the Concord Avenue Food Market.  He was rushed to Christiana Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Detectives continue their search for two male suspects in the robbery and shooting, who fled on foot.  Anyone with information is asked to call Wilmington Police or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333.  Information may also be submitted online at www.tipsubmit.com

It was the second robbery-related shooting at a Wilmington market this year.  In August, owner Norman Alhout was gunned down at Johnny’s Supermarket on Maryland Avenue in Wilmington’s Browntown neighborhood.

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