NYPD ballistics teams have linked the senseless murder of Isaac Kadare with the July 6th murder of Mohammed Gebeli. Both men were shot in their shops with a .22 caliber gun.
Police officers are going door to door in local stores warning shopkeepers to be careful and on the lookout for the suspect. They’re handing out wanted posters with his image.
The posters have also been hung all throughout the neighborhoods depicting the ruthless killer, according to Bay Ridge Journal blog.
“Neighbors are scared. Clerks are worried about staying open late,” Senator Martin Golden said.
Witnesses have come forward to describe the suspected killer. They said he seemed “disturbed,” wearing headphones, saying he was “putting a bullet in someone’s head.”
They also said he ran from a Mexican bakery near the scene of the crime, bumped into a witness and yelled. Then, jumped into a black or gray two-door jeep.
He is said to be about 5’5″ and weighing around 140 pounds. He walked into Kadare’s store wearing a ski mask.
Police officials also mention that there may be a significance in the street numbers and addresses of the two stores. Kadare’s store is at 1877 86th Street and Gebeli’s store is at 7718 Fifth Avenue. They believe the numbers to be numerical anagrams, though the meanings have not been released yet.
There is a $12,000 reward offered for information leading to the suspect’s arrest.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577.