NYPD detectives are looking for four individuals caught on video near the scene of the shooting at She She Boutique on Flatbush Ave on Friday evening, which killed 78-year-old Vahidipour Rahmatollah, and which is connected to two other deadly shootings of shop owners in Brooklyn.
These four people are not classified as suspects in the homicide at this time, but detectives want to question them about what they may have observed because of the time of day and their proximity to the homicide scene. Police say the victim was still alive at approximately 4:30pm on Friday, and that his body was discovered at 7:11pm. The four unidentified individuals captured on video were near the crime scene between 6 and 6:52pm on Friday.
For descriptive purposes, the NYPD identifies the four as follows:
John Doe Duffle Bag is described as a white male whose image was captured just after 6pm Friday on a camera outside of 786 Flatbush Avenue, about a block to a block and a half north of the crime scene, seen walking northbound on Flatbush between Caton Avenue and Martense Street. A second video captured images of him three minutes later at 6:03pm on a camera outside of 738A Flatbush Avenue, which is approximately two blocks north of the crime scene, walking northbound on Flatbush between Woodruff and Parkside Avenues.
Jane Doe Long Coat is described as a black female with glasses and neck scarf whose image was captured just after 6pm on the camera outside of 786 Flatbush Ave. She is seen walking northbound on Flatbush between Caton Avenue and Martense Street.
Jane Doe Green Jacket is described as a black female with the head scarf whose image was captured at 6:52pm Friday on a camera outside of 850 Flatbush Avenue, approximately a half of a block south of the crime scene. She is seen running southbound on Flatbush Avenue between Linden Boulevard and Church Avenue.
John Doe Bubble Jacket is described as a black male whose image was also captured at 6:52pm Friday on the same camera outside of 850 Flatbush Avenue. He is also seen running southbound on Flatbush between Linden Boulevard and Church Avenue. John Doe Bubble Jacket and Jane Doe Green Jacket were also captured running one after the other. Beginning at 6:52pm Bubble Jacket is seen on camera outside of 850 Flatbush Avenue, running southbound on Flatbush, when approximately seven seconds later, Green Jacket is seen running right behind Bubble Jacket. She can be seen in the video taking off her green jacket. It was recovered in a garbage can nearby.
Police say that ballistic tests completed early Saturday morning indicated that the gun used in the most recent homicide was the same one used in similar shooting deaths on July 6 and August 2 in the 68th and 62nd precincts respectively. The .22 caliber shell casings recovered at the crime scene Friday were a positive match to those recovered at the two other crime scenes this past summer.
While evidence has not been recovered at this time to indicate bias crime, personnel from the NYPD Hate Crime Task Force were added Sunday for their expertise to a group of detectives investigating the three homicides.
Rewards of $22,000 in each of the homicides are being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible. Anyone with information about them may call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 800-577-TIPS. Police say all calls are confidential.