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Ashwin Patel, convenience store owner was shot dead in South Carolina.

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BLACKVILLE, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) – A convenience store owner was shot dead in an early morning robbery today in the Barnwell County community of Blackville, according to authorities.

Ashwinbhai Patel, 60, of Izlar Street in Blackville, was shot to death at the Corner Stop, according to Coroner Lloyd B. Ward.

South Carolina Law Enforcement Division spokesman Tommy Crosby called the incident a “robbery turned homicide.”

Ward said the incident was reported at 6:45 a.m. by a customer at the store in the 20000 block of Solomon Blatt Avenue, which is also South Carolina Highway 3.

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