11/17/12

Another Brooklyn Shopkeeper Executed

Update:

According to a press release from City Council Member Vinnie Gentile, who attended a special briefing on the .22 caliber killer at Brooklyn South with Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, the NYPD has narrowed its focus.

A mustached man called "John Doe Duffel Bag," picked up on surveillance video near the scene of Rahmatollah Vahidipour's murder in Flatbush on Friday has been named as a person of interest.

The NYPD has called in the FBI to draw up a profile of the suspect.

A $22,000 reward is offered in each of the killings.
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Like two other murdered Southern Brooklyn shopkeepers:  Mohammed Gebeli, who owned a clothing store at 7718 5th Avenue in Bay Ridge, and Isaac Kadare, who owned a 99-cent store at 1877 86th Street in Bensonhurst, 78-year-old shopkeeper Rahmatollah Vahidipour, found dead in his clothing store, She-She, at 834 Flatbush Avenue, near Linden Boulevard, at around 7 PM on November 16, was an older man working alone in a store without surveillance cameras.

As were Gebeli's and Kadare's, Vahidipour's body was found behind the counter of his store, about 10 feet from where he was killed, covered with store merchandise.

As were Gebeli and Kadare, Friday's victim was shot in the head, execution style.  The bullet was a .22 caliber.

According to Isaac Kadare's autopsy, the .22 caliber bullet that killed him was likely fired from the same weapon that had killed Mohammed Gebeli about a month before. That gun was apparently also used in the Vahidipour shooting.

The three victims, although from three different ethnic groups, resembled one another.

The street address of Vahidipour's store, like those of Kadare's and Gebeli's, included the number "8".

While there is no known motive in the Vahidipour case, the Gebeli and Kadare murders are believed to have been motivated by robbery.

Although police have posted a composite sketch of the perpetrator in the Kadare and Gebeli murders and are looking for two possible witnesses in those cases, they have yet to identify a suspect in the three murders.

The article from the Daily News.

More from Brooklyn Daily.

More from the Daily News.

More from the Daily News. Is the shooter a serial killer?

More from the New York Times.  Has a person of interest been identified?

Fear grips Middle Eastern shop owners in Brooklyn [Daily News.]

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly calls for an FBI profiler.  [ABC News]
 
The takeaway: no Southern Brooklyn store owner should be working alone without video surveillance cameras.

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