What to Know
- Abdulla Yafaee, 80, was shot and killed inside his East New York store Tuesday evening by a gunman in his 30s or 40s, police say
- Authorities said the two men were in some sort of argument before the shooting, but it's not clear if they knew one another
- The shooting is the second deadly altercation inside the bodega after a 2014 killing left a 55-year-old man with gashes to his head
An 80-year-old bodega worker was shot and killed inside his own store in Brooklyn on Tuesday evening, according to the NYPD.
Police said they're looking for a gunman in his 30s or 40s after the shooting inside the bodega at Stanley and Ashford avenues in East New York about 6:20 p.m.
Authorities said the two men were in some sort of argument before the shooting, but it's not clear if they knew one another.
The 80-year-old, identified as Abdulla Yafaee, was taken to Brookdale Hospital after the shooting and was pronounced dead not long after arrival.
Neighbors living in the area described Yafaee as a beloved member of the community who would help out customers who couldn't afford to pay full prices for items.
"He’s a quiet guy. He never argued with anybody," Eric Perez, a regular customer, said. "They really need to put more patrol officers down there."
Tuesday's shooting is the second deadly altercation inside the bodega. In 2014, 55-year-old Hisham Zidan was found dead with gashes on his head in a basement bathroom at the bodega.
Anyone with information on the gunman should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.