NYPD searching for links in shopkeeper shootings

November 18, 2012 - 6:33 PM
Store Owner Killed

This sketch released by the New York Police Department shows a man who is being sought in connection with the fatal shooting of shopkeeper Isaac Kadare at his store in the Bensonhurst neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York, on Aug. 2, 2012. The same gun that killed Kadare was also used in the murders of two other shopkeepers, according to police, with the latest victim being fatally shot Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, in Brooklyn's Flatbush neighborhood. (AP Photo/New York Police Department)

NEW YORK (AP) — Police are searching for any further links in the deaths of three New York City shopkeepers who were shot by the same gun.

All three victims were of Middle Eastern descent. Their stores are within a 5-mile radius, and none of them have surveillance cameras.

The latest shooting death came Friday, when 78-year-old Rahmatollah Vahidipour was killed at his store, She She, in Brooklyn's Flatbush section. He suffered gunshot wounds to the head and torso, police said.

Police said the same gun was used in the deaths of two other Brooklyn shopkeepers over the summer.

On July 6, clothing store owner Mohamed Gebeli was killed inside Valentino Fashion in Bay Ridge. On Aug. 2, Isaac Kadare was found dead at his Amazing 99 Cents Deal shop in Bensonhurst.

Authorities have said that ballistics evidence connected the weapon used in the first two deaths. Police say they don't know the motive behind any of the killings.

A call on Sunday to Vahidipour's home in Great Neck wasn't answered.

Authorities are offering rewards of $22,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the three homicides