November 20th, 2012 12:14 EST
NY Serial Killer Targeting Shopkeepers of Middle Eastern Descent
The NYPD added a hate-crimes detective to the hunt for a serial killer who may be targeting Brooklyn shopkeepers of Middle Eastern descent " and continues to strike fear in business owners worried they will be next.
The twist in the chase for the .22-caliber killer, who has struck three times in four months, came Sunday as the latest target in the homicidal spree, Rahmatolla Vahidipour, was laid to rest and fellow shop owners tightened security.
The fear comes as the NYPD remains stumped.
We`re not sure of the motive, " a police source told the Daily News. Is it robbery and it`s a coincidence that these victims all have a Middle Eastern background? It could be. . . . Or, is this guy targeting men because he hates Muslims or hates Arabs? "
Neighbors of Vahidipour`s Flatbush Ave. shop said they were bolstering security regardless of the motive, terrified the madman could snatch their lives, too.
I`m scared for my own store. I think that because I`m Middle Eastern, someone is going to come in and put a bullet in my head. It`s very scary, " said David Elmann, 24, a Lebanese immigrant and owner of Coolwear clothing on Flatbush Ave. Read More