Easy Way Owner Killed During Robbery

(Memphis) The grandson of the founder of Easy Way Grocery Stores was shot and killed Monday morning during a robbery.

Employees at the Easy Way Distribution Center on South Mendenhall in Southeast Memphis say David Carter was found dead inside the business.

Police say it appears he was ambushed shortly after arriving there alone early Monday morning.

“It appears when he went in the business he was approached by unknown individual or individuals,” said Col. Mike Ryall.

Easy Way is family-owned business started by the Carter family in 1932.

There are six of produce-only grocery stores in Memphis.

According to their website, David Carter and his brother has been running day-to-day operations at the business since their father retired.

Employees who showed up at the business Monday morning were stunned to find out someone had murdered their boss and that the business was closed for the day.

“I’m just really upset right now. I really don’t have anything to say I just talked to him. I’m praying for his family,” said Cedric Watson.

Carter’s wife, Karen Sanders Carter, is a justice court judge in Desoto County.

Carter’s family members spent most of the morning at the Easy Way Distribution Center comforting one another.

So far, police have not release any type of suspect information.

If you know anything, call Crime Stoppers at 528-CASH.

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