Picture of the .22 Caliber Killer: ‘Methodical’ gunman behind Brooklyn store owner’s murder linked to two other shootings

Posted: November 17, 2012 in Unsolved In NY, Wanted
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UPDATE 11/18/12, NYC — Picture of the .22 Caliber Killer: ‘Methodical’ gunman behind Brooklyn store owner’s murder linked to two other shootings 

  • Casings from the same .22 caliber handgun found at all three crime scenes
  • Killer may have chosen stores based on lack of surveillance cameras
  • All three victims are Middle Eastern, prompting fears of racial motivation
  • Police offering $12,000 reward for information

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Suspect: Following one homicide at a 99 cent store that used the same gun, police released this sketch of the suspect

A sketch of the killer has been released after a witness told police he noticed a disturbed man at a previous victim’s store just before a body was discovered, muttering to himself about putting a bullet in someone’s head.

He is said to be roughly 5-foot-5 and around 140 pounds.

Click here for full updated article written and published by Dailymail.co.uk

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11/17/12, NYC — Authorities say a New York City boutique owner was shot to death in the head Friday night with the same gun that killed two other shopkeepers in the same borough over the summer. Ballistics tests matched in each killing, all of which occurred in Brooklyn shops with an ‘8’ in the address. The Daily News reports that the shop owner Vahidipour Rahmatollah of Great Neck was behind the counter of She She in Brooklyn’s Flatbush section when he was shot Friday night.

BoutiqueScene: Police believe the killer may have been casing the shop, as it had no security cameras to catch him in the act

The gunman dragged the victim’s body toward the back of the store and covered it with clothing.  Police found the 78-year-old with two gunshot wounds to the head and one to the torso, DNA Info reported.

Rahmatollah
Pictured above: Victim,  Vahidipour Rahmatollah
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Pictured: Composite Sketch of potential suspect
When he didn’t come home at the usual time his family called the police, who discovered his body. It wasn’t not clear if the killer actually took anything, or if the murder was his sole motivation. ‘He never had in his whole life one enemy, he didn’t have, he was a very kind man,’ his sobbing wife, Naima Rahmatollan, told reporters.  Saturday he was supposed to be at his grandson’s Bar Mitzvah. Police believe the murderer had been watching the store in preparation for the attack, noting that he’d chosen a shop with no security cameras. The other two merchants were killed July 6 and Aug. 2 with the same .22-caliber gun. Mohammed Gebeli, 65, was shot to death at his clothing store at 7718 Fifth Ave. and Issac Kadare, 59, was found dead in his Bensonhurst store at 1877 86th St.  No one has been arrested in any of the killings.

Article written and published by Dailymail.co.uk on 11/16/12

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