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Store clerk fatally shot on Vineville during Macon armed robbery

Market Place #5 clerk Waqar Ali, 21, was shot and killed Tuesday night when he was leaving the store and was confronted by a gunman in the parking lot at the corner of Vineville and Holt avenues.
Market Place #5 clerk Waqar Ali, 21, was shot and killed Tuesday night when he was leaving the store and was confronted by a gunman in the parking lot at the corner of Vineville and Holt avenues. lfabian@macon.com

For the second time in eight days, a Macon store clerk has died from a gunshot wound suffered on the job.

Just before 11 p.m. Tuesday, an armed robber confronted Waqar Ali, 21, as he was leaving the Market Place #5 store at the corner of Holt Avenue, according to a news release from the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office.

The gunman shot Ali in the chest and then ran away.

It was unclear whether the robber got away with any cash, Bibb County sheriff’s public affairs Sgt. Clay Williams said.

Wednesday morning, Bibb County sheriff’s deputies were canvassing the neighborhood and checking surveillance cameras at nearby businesses to try to identify suspects, Bibb sheriff’s Maj. Eric Woodford said.

Ali, of Macon, was taken to Medical Center, Navicent Health, where he was pronounced dead at 3:11 a.m. Wednesday at the Surgical Trauma Intensive Care Unit, Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones said.

“That’s 27 homicides, and we’re in the eighth month,” Jones said.

On Aug. 14, Gulf Food Mart clerk Alpeshkumar Prajapati was fatally shot while opening up the store at about 8 a.m..

No arrests have been made in that case where two masked men apparently tried to rob the store, but it was unclear whether they got away with anything, sheriff’s deputies said.

Anyone with information about these cases is urged to call an investigator at 478-751-7500 or phone anonymous tips to Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 877-68-CRIME.

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