Hae Soon Lim found dead inside H Street store

Hae Soon Lim

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A 64-year-old woman was shot and killed inside a corner store in the H Street corridor early Thursday morning, police say, and authorities believe robbery is the motive.

MPD officials say that Hae Soon Lim, a Rockville Resident, was found dead inside the Grace Deli, in the 700 block of H Street NE, at about 6:30 a.m. Police say she had been shot in the neck.

The gate to the deli was partially open when they arrived at the crime scene, police say. Authorities believe the attempted robbery and shooting happened as Lim was opening her store, which she owned for eight years.

The news shook her family and the neighborhood that frequented the deli and convenience store. Lim, who family members say went by the name "June", emigrated from South Korea, was a mother of two and had a grandchild on the way.

"It breaks my heart," deli patron Charlie Elswick said. "It brings tears to my eyes."

June's son, Peter Lim, called his mother, who worked 12-hour days and opened the store at dawn, an outgoing person.

"Her remembering people's orders, knowing what they loved and how they wanted it, was her way of showing that she cared for them," Peter said.

Detectives are now checking to see whether or not there was a camera in or outside the store, which may have captured any images or video of a suspect. Police say that they don't know if someone followed her inside the store or if a suspect entered after she unlocked the gates.