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Detroit — A nonprofit group said it is offering a $10,000 reward for tips in the Saturday slaying of a 77-year-old man outside of a business on Detroit's west side.

Officials with the Midwest Independent Retailers Foundation said Monday they are offering the reward for information that leads to the conviction of the person or people behind the shooting death of Lewis Putrus. 

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The group is the philanthropic arm of the Michigan Independent Retailers Association, which represents 4,000 retailers in Michigan, Ohio and surrounding states.

It said Putrus was leaving D&D Liquor Land in the 16200 block of Schoolcraft Road, west of Greenfield, at about 11:07 p.m. Saturday when he was shot and killed.

“These senseless killings need to stop,” Auday Arabo, the association's president and CEO said in a statement. “Why can’t these criminals take the money and just go?  Many store owners help out a lot of their customers in the neighborhoods; they serve and give or loan money at various times when people are in need. There was no reason to kill this 77-year-old grandfather of 10.”

Police said the victim was leaving the business when another man came out from around a corner and approached him, pointed a gun and demanded money. A second suspect also came from around the corner, officials said.

A witness told police he heard "two or three" gunshots and saw the victim had been hit. 

Both suspects fled the scene. One went west on Schoolcraft and the other went back around the building. Police recovered a handgun near the victim's body.

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