Convenience store owner shot, killed in Fall River; police searching for suspect

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FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — When Dylan Orlowski and his roommate walked up to the entrance of the Stop N Save on Rock Street Monday night, they knew something wasn’t right.

“[We] knew something was extremely wrong when the lights were on,” Orlowski said, adding that the store typically closes earlier in the night. “I just remember seeing the chair knocked over, and there was something in the air that was off.”

Their stop to purchase some snacks quickly took a turn for the worse when Orlowski said they found the Fall River convenience store’s owner lying behind the counter covered in blood.

Lal Kishor Mahaseth

“We were just browsing around to see if we could find him because we didn’t want to be in there if the store was empty, … maybe they messed up and didn’t lock up right,” Orlowski recalled. “But we looked over the counter and that was it.”

Orlowski said they ran out of the store called 911 immediately. The victim, identified by the Bristol County District Attorney’s office as Lal Kishor Mahaseth, 54, was rushed to Charlton Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

“It was just a long night,” Orlowski said. “They had to take us to the station and ask a bunch of questions … we were there for a few hours. But I’m just more upset about the loss, because this guy was a good guy.”

Orlowski said he and his roommate live right next door to the convenience store, which they both visit frequently. He said he saw Mahaseth’s kindness firsthand.

“He helped me out a few times, when times were tough,” Orlowski said.

Sabrina Leeabreu, who lives nearby, said Mahaseth was the kind of person who would help anyone.

Courtesy: Fall River Police Department

“He would lower the prices to make sure you could get everything you need,” Leeabreu recalled.

Mahaseth typically closes his store early because he’s been robbed before, according to his friend Sanjay Sah.

Sah said Mahaseth had called his wife to let her know he was on his way home minutes before he was shot in the chest.

Police are asking for the public’s help identifying the person they believe killed Mahaseth.

The suspect is described as a 20- to 30-year-old man with a tattoo on the right inner portion of his hand. He was seen last on surveillance footage wearing dark-colored clothing and gray sneakers.

Anyone with any information regarding the incident is urged to contact Detective Nicholas Custadio by calling (508) 324-2796 or Trooper Robert Twitchell at (508) 993-2016.

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