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Deadly robbery infuriates D.C. community

Wednesday - 7/9/2014, 3:45pm  ET

Oh memorial Petworth (WTOP/Nick Iannelli)
Flowers adorn the front of James Oh's store in 16th Street Heights after his death. (WTOP/Nick Iannelli)

WASHINGTON -- Residents around 16th Street Heights are shocked and outraged after a violent robbery that left a beloved store owner dead.

"It's just wrong," says Rick Brown who has lived in the D.C. neighborhood since 1953.

"Everybody is absolutely shocked," he says.

James Oh, 76, of Rockville, Maryland was severely beaten during a July 4 robbery at his store, Gold Corner, at 5501 Colorado Ave. NW. police say.

Oh had serious head trauma and died in a hospital four days later.

"I hope they get these people and they are punished severely," says Brown.

The business is now closed, with the storefront transformed into a memorial. Some neighbors have placed bouquets around the door.

The Metropolitan Police Department is circulating surveillance video that shows two masked suspects committing the crime.

Police have recovered the stolen Jeep in which the two men fled.

Police describe the suspects as black. One wore a red hooded sweatshirt and ther other a black hooded sweatshirt.

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Editor's note: This article has been changed to correctly identify the neighborhood as 16th Street Heights. Previously, the article identified it as Petworth.

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