Woman Shot, Killed at Indiana Store

Surveillance video shows a man in a dark hoodie and black pants enter the store with a gun

By Anthony Ponce
|  Monday, Mar 5, 2012  |  Updated 1:06 PM CDT
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Surveillance video of a weekend robbery at Lucky Mart Foods shows a man in a dark hoodie and black pants enter the store with a gun. He goes behind the counter several times, once returning with the register's cash drawer.

Surveillance video of a weekend robbery at Lucky Mart Foods shows a man in a dark hoodie and black pants enter the store with a gun. He goes behind the counter several times, once returning with the register's cash drawer.

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Woman Shot, Killed at Indiana Store

Merrillville Police said Judi Simpson-Beaver, 48, was working alone at Lucky Mart Foods around 1 p.m. Sunday when a man entered the store and shot her, taking cash before he left. She died from multiple gunshot wounds, police said.
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A store clerk was fatally shot Sunday afternoon during a robbery at a Merrillville, Ind., convenience store, police said.

Merrillville Police said Judi Simpson-Beaver, 48, was working alone at Lucky Mart Foods, at 5695 Cleveland St., around 1 p.m. when a man entered the store and shot her, taking cash before he left, according to police.

Simpson-Beaver, of the 5700 block of Grant Street in Merrillville, recently moved here from Texas, police said. She leaves behind two sons, one of whom is in the military.

Surveillance video of the robbery shows a man in a dark hoodie and black pants enter the store with a gun. In the bottom right corner of the video, police said he's flashing the gun and demanding money from Simpson-Beaver.

"The clerk complied, handed over the money," said Chief of Detectives, Jim Lillie.

The gunman walks around, behind the counter and seconds later is seen coming back into the frame carrying the cash. But instead of just leaving, police say he puts the cash down, turns back toward the counter and shoots Simpson-Beaver in the chest. 

Police said even after shooting her once, he walked back around the counter to shoot her one last time from even closer range, this time in the head.

"It was a senseless crime," said Lead Detective Joe Cooper. "Any time any type of killing happens, it's a senseless crime and this is no different."

"We're looking for the public's assistance today," Cooper said. "It was a tragedy that took place, this lady was obviously a hard worker, just trying to do the right thing."

Police are looking for three men in the robbery. Anyone with information is asked to call police.

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