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The Smoke N' Pipe shop where the body was found is shown. (KTAR Photo/Sandra Haros)

PHOENIX -- Authorities are investigating a homicide after a body was found in a central Phoenix smoke shop that was on fire.

Phoenix police say they were called to the Smoke N' Pipe about 10 a.m. Tuesday after a shopper found a man who appeared to be dead.

Police have identified him as 47-year-old Kadhim Al-Taee and say he was a smoke shop employee.

"I'm in shock," said William Sutton, who frequented the small smoke shop. "I just talked with him yesterday. He was such a nice man."

Officers arrived at the smoke shop and found it had been ransacked, with apparent signs of a struggle.

They also extinguished a small fire inside the business, prompting Phoenix fire investigators to get involved.

They're also looking for a gold Cadillac SUV connected to the business that was taken in the robbery. It has Arizona license plate AJH2773.

KTAR's Sandra Haros contributed to this report.

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