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16-year-old arrested, charged with murdering man at grocery store

16-year-old arrested, charged with murdering man at grocery store

By Matt Montgomery. CREATED Aug 16, 2012 - UPDATED: Aug 17, 2012

MILWAUKEE- A 16-year-old felon from Milwaukee has been charged with a fatal shooting at a grocery store near N. 38th St. and W. Locust Ave.

According to the criminal complaint, Deangelo Williams shot and killed Dalbir Singh at Harmony Food Store around 9:15 p.m. Wednesday.

Dalbir Singh's nephew, Jatinder Singh, owns the store and was there with his uncle and another family member during the shooting.

Jatinder Singh told police he was closing up the store Wednesday night when he allegedly saw Williams point a gun at his uncle near the rear door.  Jatinder Singh and Dalbir Singh then ran back inside the store.  "We three people pushed the door, it locked inside, I said we are free you know," said Jatinder Singh to TODAY'S TMJ4.

That's when a bullet passed through the door and hit Dalbir Singh in the head, killing him instantly.

Jatinder Singh said that Williams was in the store earlier that evening, walked around and didn't buy anything.  Authorities say that Jatinder Singh positively identified Williams from a photo array.

Williams has been charged of first-degree reckless homicide with use of a dangerous weapon and possession of a firearm by a felon.  Those charges could result in a maximum of 75 years in prison.

Jatinder Singh declined to comment Friday about the charges against his uncle's alleged killer.

Dalbir Singh was a member of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek.  The Journal Sentinel reports that Dalbir Singh was not at the temple during the August 5 massacre.

The newspaper also reports that Jatinder Singh was at the Oak Creek Sikh temple on the day of the shooting, but left before Wade Michael Page murdered six people.

The Milwaukee County District Attorney's office has confirmed that Williams has been arrested.

Williams was previously found guilty of robbery in June.

Some people living near N. 38th St. and W. Locust Ave. told TODAY'S TMJ4, "everybody kind of really knew (Singh), he was a peacemaker, he never really did anything to anybody.  He was just nice."