A sketch of the possible suspect (image credit: NYPD).
CBS is reporting that a suspect wanted in connection with the brutal murder of a well-liked Bensonhurst store owner may have also killed beloved Bay Ridge clothier Mohammed Gebeli last month.
Police sources told 1010 WINS that the .22 caliber gun used to murder 99 cent store proprietor and landlord Isaac Kadare last Thursday, was the same weapon used to take Gebeli’s life on July 6.
Kadare, 59, was found dead around 9 p.m. on Thursday by two customers inside the “Amazing 99 cents Deals” store in the 1800 block of 86th Street. He was found shot in the head, the Medical Examiner confirmed with CBS 2.
A $12,000 reward – including $10,000 from NYPD, and $2,000 from Crime Stoppers – is being offered for information leading to an arrest in the case. State Senator Marty Golden – who had previously put up $5,000 of a $10,000 reward for information leading to Gebeli’s killer – announced that he’ll also offer $5,000 in connection with the Kadare case.
Kadare’s family told Daily News that they believe he may have been targeted because of $900 in rent money he had collected just prior to the incident.
According to the News, “a witness said the suspect bumped into him and barked ‘What are you looking at?’ before he fled into a nearby Mexican bakery…” Minutes later, he was reportedly seen getting into “a black or gray, two-door jeep.”
The suspect is described as a 5-foot-5 male weighing around 140 pounds. A police sketch can be seen above.
An incoming 911 call on the night of July 6, alerted police to 65-year-old clothing store owner Mohamed Gebeli, whom a group of friends reportedly found fatally shot on the floor of Valentino Fashion [7718 5th Ave].
Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS  or text “TIP577″ [plus your message] to “CRIMES” .