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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) The Smokehouse Tobacco Outlet, the scene of a fatal shooting last year has been closed ever since. However, it’ll open next month under new ownership.
Last April, Jamel Coleman robbed beloved owner Antonio Nino inside his store, shooting and killing him in the process.
Nearly a year and half later, the store’s doors are unlocked.
The new store, now named Get ‘n’ Go, is getting fresh paint and new merchandise. It’ll offer snacks, coffee, cigarettes and tobacco and a place for faxing and copying.
The owner knew Nino and his family. According to him, he has Nino’s brother’s support, who recently visited the store.
The owners said several of Nino’s customers have asked when it’ll open.
“He was a good guy. A lot of people loved him in the community. It’s very sad it happened to him and it was just the question of chance it was him at this spot at that time,” said the new owner, who wants to remain anonymous, “We’re not forgetting it, we need to move forward and reopen this location because it’s a really good location where people do need a grocery store like this.”
The owners are adding lights outside, keeping these surveillance cameras and adding more for security.
The store is set to open September 10.
Jamel Coleman was sentenced 60 years behind bars in February.