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Clinton Township party store owner shot and killed

Man killed during exchange of gunfire Thursday night inside store on Garfield Road

Emil Salem

CLINTON TWP., Mich. – Clinton Township police are investigating after a party store owner was shot and killed in Clinton Township.

Sources say the victim is Emil Salem, who worked at the store for 16 years.

The masked gunman was attempting to rob Bernie's Market located on Garfield Road north of 17 Mile Road on Thursday night. The man entered the party store waving a gun.

The store owner, who was working the counter, pulled out a gun and they exchanged gunfire.

There was a trail of blood leading outside to the back of the building where the getaway vehicle was parked, leading police to believe the robber was shot as well.

Bernie's Market was robbed in January of this year, along with three other stores. 

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Clinton Township police at 586-493-7803.

Emil Salem


-- Salem