Convenience store owner killed during beer robbery

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PHOENIX - Police have released a surveillance photo of one of the suspects wanted in a "beer run" that ended in a deadly shooting Saturday night.


Convenience store owner killed during beer robbery - Police are searching for two males suspected of shooting a Valley convenience store owner to death over a few cans of beer.

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Police say the two suspects, African American males, are between the ages of 15 and 20 years old.

The suspects entered the Mission Market at 26th and Portland streets, grabbed bottles of beer and fled out the door without paying.

The store owner ran after them and police believe he might have confronted the robbers just outside the door. That is when the owner was shot in the upper torso.

When paramedics arrived the victim was already dead. He has been identified as Francisco Enriquez Quintero, 59.

Police closed the surrounding streets as they looked for the suspects.

Quintero, a father of six, was known for his generosity throughout the community.

"If you were short on change, he would help you out," said customer Tina Bailey.

Investigators on Monday released a surveillance photo from the store. One of the suspects is visible in the upper right-hand corner of the frame. The suspect seen in the surveillance photo was wearing a white T-shirt and dark pants. He also had a black backpack.

The second suspect has curly hair, which was visible underneath a head covering he was wearing.

Anyone with any information about this crime is asked to call Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.