PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A day after a 67-year-old store owner was shot inside her Old York Road check-in store, Eyewitness News learned more about the mother of three and the grandmother of seven.
Her son did not want to be identified for security reasons as the gunman is still on the run.
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“My father called, he said, ‘My wife does not pick up the phone, can you go there and check it?'” Said her son.
A day after an armed robber shot and killed 67-year-old Aruna Mittel inside Old York, where she ran with her husband for 47 years, the couple’s eldest son says his father is overwhelmed by the grief.
“I have never seen him cry so much, I have never hugged him so long,” said the son.
Police say the mother of three boys and grandmother of seven walked into her store just after 6 p.m. 12.15 when a man with a gun followed her inside and forced her behind a security door.
Officials say surveillance cameras in the store show Mittel fighting until the gunman fired a single shot and hit her in the chest.
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“Why, why her?” asked the son. “Someone died for no reason.”
While detectives search for her killer, her son wants to remember his mother as a hard-working and honorable woman who loved her family above all else and made sure to show it big and small every single day.
“She always cooked for us, even when she came home from a long day at work,” her son said.
He also asks for the help of society to find the person who did this, desperate for justice for his mother and determined not to let this happen to anyone else.
“Why can we not have him?” he said. “Help us.”
Mittel’s 68th birthday would have been the day after Christmas.
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