ROCK HILL, S.C. -- Rock Hill police are still searching for a second gunman who they believe robbed the Cherry Road Discount Food and Beverage and shot the store's owner last week.
"They were good people, open seven days a week," said Paul Housiadas, the owner of Chicken King, a restaurant across the street from where the shooting took place.
Housiadas said Vipul Patel, an Indian immigrant, worked up to 100 hours a week at the convenience store.
"It looked like a family of two to three people," he said.
Like the robbery victim, Housiadas comes from a family of immigrants. His father came to this country from Greece, and began working in restaurants as a dishwasher, moving up to a cook and manager before he began opening restaurants on his own.
"When a guy is trying to make a living working all day, in there 12 to 14 hours a day, it's not fair to them," said Housiadas.
NewsChannel 36 talked to other convenience store owners who agree the shooting last week is especially troubling because the victim was looking for a better life, and working hard for it. They did not want to appear on camera, and say they hope the shooting doesn't make people afraid to come into their stores.
"People don't respect that people work all day to make a living and pay the bills. It's not his fault," said Housiadas.
Police have arrested one suspect in the shooting. Kadeem Olewjujuan Sanders, 20, is charged with attempted murder.
Patel has been released from the hospital and is expected to recover from his injuries, according to Rock Hill police.