Police responded to a call of shots fired in the 1100 block of West 84th Street around 7:40 p.m. Tuesday and found Elahmadi Goba, 40, lying behind the counter, authorities said.
He appeared to have been shot by someone who fired through the plexiglass that separated the register area from the rest of the store, police said. The glass had at least one bullet hole in it and the door to the closed off area was locked, police said. Paramedics had to force their way in.
A resident in the neighborhood, Katrina Simmons, described Goba as a "good man" who was pleasant to his customers.
"(If you're) short a couple dollars, he'll be like, 'Yea, go ahead, go ahead on and get you what you need. You could always come back and give me back whatever you have to owe me or whatever,' " she said. "He was a good man."
It's not clear if the store was robbed, police said. The store is just east Paul Cuffe Math-Science Technology Academy Elementary School.
An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. Goba had lived in the 500 block of East 79th Street, officials said.