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Three killed in restaurant robbery

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Three members of a family who owned a Chinese restaurant were shot dead and a fourth person was wounded in an apparent robbery, police say.

A postal employee called police to the Jade East restaurant in North Memphis at 1:46 p.m. Tuesday, when the victims were found, Memphis police spokesman Dan Chalk said.

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'We know at this time it appears to be robbery. The restaurant has been ransacked,' Chalk said.

Police Capt. Robert Brown identified the dead as Arthur Lee, 24, Amy Lee, 23, and Kai Yin Chuey, 70.

'It's all part of the family that owned the restaurant,' Brown said.

The shootings apparently occurred between 1 p.m. and 1:45 p.m., he said. The family dealt in gold and silver jewelry out of the restaurant, said Brown, but he would not say if that played a part in the robbery.

'At this point, we believe there was more than one (assailant),' said Brown.

An interpreter was needed to interview the injured woman, Ging Sam Lee, 75, who speaks no English, Chalk said. She was not shot, but was hospitalized for wounds suffered when the robbers struck her, Brown said.

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The restaurant, in a business district of the Raleigh neighborhood, was closed when the family was killed.

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