Gang Member Charged in NJ Store Owner's Death

Monday, Jul 4, 2011  |  Updated 7:57 PM EDT
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Gang Member Charged in NJ Store Owner's Death

Edward Leaty, owner of Leaty Grocery Store in Plainfield, N.J., was shot and killed Saturday during an armed robbery. Shalik Coleman, 18, was charged in the death Monday.

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Police in New Jersey have made an arrest in the shooting death of a grocery store owner Saturday.

Shalik Coleman, 18, has been charged with murder, felony murder, armed robbery and weapons offenses. 

Police say Coleman shot and killed Eduardo Leaty, the 47-year-old owner of the Leaty Grocery Store in Plainfield.

Coleman has also been charged with the attempted murder of an employee who was with Leaty inside the store.

Police told the Star-Ledger newspaper Coleman was a confirmed member of a street gang in the city.

Leaty was a U.S. Army veteran and leaves behind a wife and two daughters, the Star-Ledger reports.

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