Community Demands Answers in D.C. Shopkeeper's July 4 Fatal Beating - NBC4 Washington

Community Demands Answers in D.C. Shopkeeper's July 4 Fatal Beating



    Business owners in the District demanded answers from police at a community meeting on Wednesday, a week and a half after the still-unsolved beating death of a 76-year-old deli owner. News4's Mark Segraves reports. (Published Wednesday, July 16, 2014)

    D.C. shopkeepers and residents gathered Wednesday to seek answers from the police chief in the beating and robbery of one of their own July 4. 

    James Oh, 76, of Rockville owned The Corner Grocery & Deli in the 5500 block of Colorado Avenue NW. The store was robbed by two suspects, seen in a video released by police, and Oh was beaten. He died four days later.

    The men -- wearing hooded sweatshirts, masks and dark pants -- pushed Oh's wife to the floor behind the register and grabbed $3,000 cash.

    During a community meeting with Brightwood shop owners and residents, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said there are no new leads in Oh's death.

    "Without somebody who witnessed the suspect, knows their face, who can recognize those guys ... we don't have that right now," she explained.

    Some of the business owners complained about not being able to keep guns at their stores for protection. 

    "I am still concerned and I believe this can still occur again. There are a lot of criminals loose," local store owner Sarbeig Kochhar said. 

    Since the beating, D.C. police have installed another surveillance camera in the neighborhood.

    Neighbors around the area said Oh, affectionately known as Mr. James, and his wife ran the store for 20 years.

    Their daughter, Susie Pham, told News4's Shomari Stone her mother is heartbroken.

    "She's doing as best as she can in this type situation," she said. "I'm just trying to remain strong for her."

    The store has remained closed since the incident.

    Anyone who can identify these individuals, has information regarding the stolen car they were driving, or who has knowledge of this incident is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099.