CPD releases suspect information in 5 Corner Lotto shooting

Police say this SUV was caught on surveillance camera leaving the scene of the shooting. (CPD)

COLUMBUS, Ga — Police announce Thursday they have suspect details they hope will lead to arrests in last Sunday’s shooting on Linwood Boulevard.

As News 3 reported, 23-year-old Vastal Patel was found shot to death inside the 5 Corner Lotto store on November 6. Patel’s father 56-year-old Gautamkumar Patel was rushed to Midtown Medical Center for surgery on his gunshot wounds.

Police say he has since been released from the hospital.

Witnesses say the two men were approached in the store by three male suspects wearing masks and armed with handguns.

Witnesses say the suspects shot both victims and then fled from the scene.

Investigators also discovered a suspect vehicle described as a dark colored SUV.  Police say they believe it is a GMC Yukon Denali XL.

Police ask anyone who might know the identity or whereabouts of these suspects or the dark colored SUV to please contact Sargent  A. Locey of the Homicide unit at 706-225-4291 or the 911 center.

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