Man Fatally Shot In Virginia Highland Late Thursday Night

Police have not revealed any information regarding suspects.

A man was fatally shot late Thursday night in Virginia Highland at a neighborhood convenience store.

"The preliminary investigation suggests that this was a possible robbery attempt," Atlanta Police spokesperson Officer Kim Jones told Patch Friday morning.

Police responded to a person-shot call at a convenience store at 744 Barnett Street, shortly after 10:15 pm Thursday night, Jones said. When the officer arrived, "he noticed that the victim was laying outside the location on the ground, semi-conscious," Jones said.

Jones said the victim was transported to Grady Hospital, where he later died.

Channel 2 Action News is reporting that the victim was 46-year-old Mushtaq Moloo, the owner of . The store is located is located at 730 Barnett Street, near the intersection of Barnett and Ponce de Leon Avenue.

The station is also reporting that a baseball bat was found in the street near where Moloo was found.

According to 11Alive, police said the victim walked into a food mart near the 1000 block of Ponce de Leon Avenue and asked for help.

Stay with Patch as more details become available.

Jerry Thurman August 17, 2012 at 04:14 AM
I live on St Charles Ave and am devastated by the news of the shooting and death of . Mike the owner of ATL Food Mart. He and I had become friends the last few years . He was always so welcoming to his store patrons, especially his Virginia Highlands neighbors. My heart goes out to his family.
Hannah A August 17, 2012 at 09:31 AM
Mike was part of our family and our daily life. I live behind the Mart but I still do not know the details; I have been waiting for final info. Today is a very sad day. We will find out what person did this to Mike.
Tim D. August 17, 2012 at 01:41 PM
I live a block away and just moved in about a year ago. Mike was a class act and a great example of a business owner and family man. God bless his family. This makes me sick. Unfortunately, I will probably be moving out of the neighborhood. I wish the Police would spend more time patrolling and less time pulling people over for not coming to a complete stop.
Virginia August 17, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Just to be devil's advocate...many criminals are caught in trivial traffic stops like that. The officer runs a check for outstanding warrants.
athensga1234@hotmail.com August 17, 2012 at 02:30 PM
we told him to get a bulletproof screen and guns for the store, too many crims on Ponce
athensga1234@hotmail.com August 17, 2012 at 02:31 PM
@hannah, time to move away from there
Russell McIver August 17, 2012 at 04:08 PM
athensga1234 I don't know who you are but show some respect. I was in Mike's store almost on a daily basis and lived around the corner. Mike was living the American dream and was the best family man and father. He lit up when he spoke about his kids. We should all wish to be as good of a man as Mike was. He will be missed.
zeppelindawg August 17, 2012 at 04:11 PM
He truly was a great man of the community. It makes me sick that all the new robberies and gang activity that has gone up in the past month has gone unoticed until a victim gets envolved. This is per a Police Officer I spoke with. Let us as a community bond together in this time of loss and not let Mikes memory go to waste in this beautiful area of Atlanta. There will be a gathering around 7:30-8pm Sunday if anyone wants to come by and share there respects with the community and share stories of Mike like I know many of us have.
Elijah Jordan August 17, 2012 at 07:58 PM
I saw him, made eye contact, and walked by there at 9:00 last night. That's freaky
suavez August 17, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Sadly, I guess he didn't realize that these thugz in Atlanta will gladly kill you for a dollar if you are Asian or Indian. He was foolish to not protect himself better. I guess he didn't realize how heartless and brainless these thugs are. The cops view Virginia-Highland as a cash cow. Their only function is to stop people for not coming to a complete stop at Virginia and Barnett. They then speed like maniacs to aprehend their "suspect". Then they shake down the neighborhood for parking money. As far as patrolling the neighborhood or responding to crimes, forget about it. That doesn't put money in their pocket, unless you pay them while they are off-duty to patrol.
Rick August 18, 2012 at 12:30 AM
I agree with Suavez because i live just three blocks from the scene of the crime on greenwood avenue and have witnessed this form of police incompetence over the last two years first hand. Our tax dollars are wasted on protection resources that could be much more effectively employed. Eg... Having police officers patrol our sidewalks where they are much closer to the community then they could ever be iin their patrol cars pulling people over for minor traffic violations. Im certainly not blaming my friends death on poor law enforcement. That blame belongs to the worthless thugs who shot him alone. Im just saying that their is certainly a need for more effective law enforcement. Something more grass roots. I think that the virginia highlands neighborhood wouldn't hesitate to welcome a slight sales tax increase if that money went to protection and the freedom to live outside of feer.
Stephen W. Ramsden August 18, 2012 at 12:30 PM
I have lived on the block over 20 years, unfortunately right behind MJQ. What do you expect? The area of Ponce and Ponce Place is nothing more than a parking lot for all the bars, liquor stores and tattoo parlors that have sprung up in the last 10 years. Weekly auto thefts, anything you leave outside is stolen, armed robberies, rapes, etc.. Dozens of drunken, mostly underage, patrons walking back to their cars after the bars close is just an invitation for the scum to wait around and pick off a few here or there. Last night on my way home from work I saw a girl in a tiny miniskirt and heels, maybe 18 years old stumbling drunk, alone, across Ponce at 1:30AM to get from MJQ to her car. I guess she didn't know or didn't care that a good and decent man was just violently murdered for a few bucks and a snickers bar or two within a couple hundred yards. The police cant force decency on people, and the several times a year they are out at my place writing reports for whatever gets stolen out of my vehicle on a regular basis, they have been professional and competent. WE NEED A PERMANENT POLICE PRESENCE WITHIN 4 BLOCKS OF MJQ THUR-SAT LATE NIGHTS!!! Is that so hard?
Stephen W. Ramsden August 18, 2012 at 12:34 PM
By the way, my next door neighbor (and I) are very distraught over this man being snuffed out for nothing. Imagine bringing your family around the world, building a business, investing everything you have into a store and treating everyone who enters like a friend..(even the vagrants) and then having your life taken from you for nothing just after the birth of your 3rd child. If this doesn't wake up the do-nothing Virginia Highland "Civic" Association and our neighbors, then nothing will.
Ouzel August 18, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Agreed on the permanent police presence around MJQ. The officers could be funded by increasing presence in Va-Hi. I know many VaHi residence begrudge the traffic ticketing, but increased police presence is a deterrent in and of itself. The more cops I see in the neighborhood, the happier I am....especially since I obey the law and am happy when those who don't will either learn they should or just stay away. The citation revenue would be put to good use. I sure wish we had had cops in the area Thurs night.
Ouzel August 18, 2012 at 01:47 PM
These problems will require honing in on a certain area and people will say it is a racial thing. People will shy away from insisting on solutions for fear of being labeled. Unfortunatlely, many are more interested in being politically correct than they are in solving crime problems in the area. What they fail to see is that it puts ALL citizens at risk and perpetuates fear of the very people they want to protect from being victims of racism. Failing to identify and remove the criminals only perpetuates racism. Sad.
Ouzel August 18, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Stephen, will all due respect, Mike didn't build that business. Somebody else did that. Like the thug who drove his car on the street you and I paid for, or the person who paid for the hospital room where his mother gave birth to him. Mike didn't build that business! I'm so sick of hearing abou t people who work so hard and take credit for other peoples work!
Stephen W. Ramsden August 18, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Mike's a thug now who took advantage of others? real classy
Ouzel August 18, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Do you watch the news? It's called sarcasm, playing off of President Obama' s speech. Look it up! Of course Mike built his business! He was my friend and I know how hard he worked! His business and his life were taken from him by (yet another) person who thinks what someone else has built is his for the taking! It is all too common in society! Take what someone else has built!
Ouzel August 18, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Look up Obama Roanoke on YouTube and see the speech. My comment was playing off of that and was completely sarcastic. See how insane it sounds when applied to a real person you know? Especially Mike who obviously deserved credit for his business! I should have realized you might not be aware of Obamas speech...after all, its tone is beyond comprehension. My apologies if you took any offense re Mike. None was meant.
RG August 18, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Wow. You just used a man with 3 young children getting murdered in our neighborhood to take a pot shot at the President. You should be very proud of yourself.
Ouzel August 18, 2012 at 07:30 PM
No, I didn't take a shot at anyone. I made the point of someone (thug murderer) taking something from someone who worked very hard (Mike) to achieve it. I said it happens all too often. The point is that people can see how insane President Obama's comments are when they look at real examples of hardworking people they know.. From your (hysterical, illogical) response, it was effective. And, you just compared me to a murderer...saying i took a shot at someone? Especially after what happened just a few days ago? Are you trying to blame me somehow for what hapened? Wow. You should be very proud of yourself. (now, see how stupid that sounds?)
RG August 18, 2012 at 08:03 PM
No, you used the murder of a man to interject your dislike of Obama. You're trying to equate this murder with something Obama said in his speech, which isn't too many steps from outright blaming Obama for what happened. Pathetic.
VS August 18, 2012 at 11:26 PM
Please - leave political bickering out of this - have some respect for the man's family. For those interested in doing something constructive - please donate at http://moloomemorial.chipin.com/mushtag-mike-moloo


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