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Police, tipped off by angry neighbors, arrested three Manhattan teen-agers early Sunday in the slaying of a popular Korean grocer.

The three face second-degree murder and robbery charges in the shooting death of Dong K. Lee, 37, early Saturday, police said.

Neighbors tipped detectives to the gunmen by calling a police hot line.

Lee was killed about 1:40 a.m. Saturday after closing his store, the FSA Deli, on Second Avenue in the Kips Bay section.

He and two employees were getting into his car at a nearby garage when the ski-masked gunmen announced a robbery.

Erwin Ruiz, 15, fired one shot from a .38-caliber pistol, striking Lee in the face, police said. Neither of the employees was physically injured.

Ruiz; Patrick Michaele, 17; and Angel Martinez, 19, ran away with Lee's valise, which they believed contained Saturday's receipts, police said.

But it held only personal papers.

Outside Lee's deli Sunday afternoon, customers placed flowers on the grate that covered his closed store.

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