Police have released a sketch of the man suspected of killing a Bensonhurst shopkeeper Thursday evening.
Two customers found the body of Isaac Kadare in an aisle at his Amazing 99 cents Deals shop on 86th Street just before 9 p.m., police said. The medical examiner confirmed on Friday that Kadare suffered a gunshot wound to the head and sharp force injury to his neck, ruling it a homicide.
There is a $12,000 reward for any information that could lead to an arrest.
Ray Lopez, who lives in the building where Kadare's store is located, said the man was a devout Sephardic Jew who has been in the country for 30 years.
The married father of four owned the shop where he died for 16 years, Lopez said. It originally had been a furniture store, but Kadare converted it to a discount shop to try to make it more profitable in the poor economy. He also was the landlord of the building, which houses the store and Lopez's home.
"I can't imagine who would want to steal from him, because Isaac struggled to make money," Lopez said. "He would have given anything to anyone. He was a good man."
Lopez said his girlfriend got home a little before the time authorities say Kadare died. She told him the store was quiet and she saw no one outside so she went upstairs. A short time later, her mother called her to tell her there was police activity outside her building.
The investigation is ongoing.
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