Andhra man in US was shot dead: Cops

The probe into the death of an Indian man from Andhra Pradesh, Goli Venkat Reddy, in a supermarket in Ohio, US, under suspicious circumstances took a new turn on Monday with the Colerain Township Police Department starting a homicide probe. He was apparently shot dead by unidentified persons inside the shop.

The 48-year-old man was found dead in the wee hours of Sunday by the police inside the Central Liquors Store in the Colerain Township. A spokesperson of the police department said Venkat died of fatal injuries and that no arrests have been made so far. "It is under investigation. We can't divulge any other information," he said.

Sheriff's Chief Deputy Sean Donovan was quoted by Cincinnati.com, the website of local newspaper The Cincinnati Enquirer, that Venkat had been shot dead but did not provide any other details on the injuries.

The police arrived at the crime scene after being informed by his wife, Kavita Reddy. She had gone to the store after Venkat did not return home on Saturday night and found him lying aside in the store with blood oozing from his nose. Venkat's son Prajit is a Class XI student.

Meanwhile, Venkat's sister, Geetha Reddy, an advocate in Karimnagar, said her brother's partner called her on Sunday to inform that he was found dead under "suspicious circumstances". Apparently Venkat jointly owned the shop with two other partners. They have already given their statements to the police there.

"We received information that the police are looking at CCTV footage. He was apparently alone in the store at that time. His partners are helping his wife and son to cope with the tragedy," said Kashyap Reddy, nephew of Venkat, said.

Geetha Reddy and her husband R Syamsunder Reddy are rushing to the US.

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