Store owner said recent robberies are 'criminal versus citizen' - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Store owner said recent robberies are 'criminal versus citizen'

Store Owner Surinder Singh (Source MSNewsNow) Store Owner Surinder Singh (Source MSNewsNow)
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A string of shootings in Jackson in recent days has one business owner frustrated with law enforcement's response, especially after his own store is hit.“We are not safe in our business. We are not safe on the street,” said Surinder Singh, who serves as a spokesman for Jackson's Indian community. 

“We are not safe in our own homes. Where should we go?”

Singh said a recent spike in shootings concerns many in that community.

“90 percent business in Jackson is owned by Indians,” Singh said.

 “Convenience stores and gas stations, I'm talking about.”

Singh himself is part owner at MS Wholesale, where armed would-be robbers shot an employee Thursday night.

Surveillance video showed how the incident unfolded.

Shortly after 9 p.m., a man arrives to deliver food to the employees inside the store. As he brings the first bag of food inside, a vehicle pulls out of a parking space next door and drives by the front of the business.

Once the delivery man goes back out to his vehicle to deliver the second batch of food, four suspects jump out of the vehicle. One holds a gun to the delivery man's head, using the man to gain entry into the secure business.

After the suspects got inside, one employee tried to fight back.

Singh said one of the robbers shot the employee three times in the chest.

That man is recovering, he added.

Singh said he already talked to Jackson's police chief, the Hinds County sheriff and even Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber about what can be done to protect fellow business owners.

He also quickly points out that his disagreement isn't about race – it's not Indian versus black -- but rather criminal versus citizen.

“We feel that we've been targeted, but I don't want to make issue -- that is up to the district attorney,” Singh said. “If he thinks this is a hate crime, that's his call.”

The surveillance video also revealed something else: a timeline of sorts.

The robbery happened at 9:15 p.m.

Employees said they hit a panic button at 9:16, which is designed to notify AMR and law enforcement through 911 dispatch.

The video indicates it took 11 minutes for JPD to arrive at the scene.

“The police are -- every car has 'protect and serve,'” Singh said. “I don't think they're doing the first part, protecting, because citizens are not protected right now.”


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