- Preyas Patel, 52, of Yorktown, who owned the 7/11 store, and his employee, Logan Edward Thomas, 35, of Newport News, were shot dead in the June 15 incident.
An Indian American businessman was among two people shot dead at a convenience store in Newport News, Virginia, last week. Preyas Patel, 52, of Yorktown, who owned the 7/11 store, and his employee, Logan Edward Thomas, 35, of Newport News, were the victims of the June 15 shooting.
Local news reports, citing Newport News Police Chief Steve Drew said a customer who visited the 7-Eleven store found no one was working and called police. They suspect it was a botched robbery and are looking for witnesses and scouring videos from surveillance cameras.
A media contact for 7-Eleven sent a statement to 13News Now. “We are heartbroken over the loss of two members of the 7-Eleven family,” read the statement. “Our hearts are with their families at this difficult time. We are gathering information and aiding law enforcement officials in their investigation.”
A family friend, identified as Bharat, told 10 on Your Side news that Patel, who was also known as Peter, had been in the U.S. for more than 20 years. He is survived by his wife, Pratixa, and two college-aged children. “She is holding it right now. Time is the best healing. Sooner or later, we are going to be better.”
He told the news outlet that Patel’s sister was “so distraught” that she had to be taken to the hospital. Adding that Patel’s parents are “in pain,” the friend said “it is an unbelievable situation we are going through.”