Syracuse Police are investigating the city's latest homicide. This one happened at Sabatino's Pizza and Deli on Syracuse's Southside. As our Katie Gibas reports, that brings the total homicides this year to 18.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Police are asking for the public's help in identifying this man.
"Anyone that recognizes this sweatshirt, anyone that saw anyone down there in that area that may fit that description, any stores, businesses or homes that may have video that may be helpful to us in capturing the suspect," said Syracuse Police Sergeant Tom Connellan.
Police say this man is responsible for Syracuse's 18th homicide of the year. That's the most since 2009.
It all started around one Tuesday morning at Sabatino's Pizza and Deli on Ballantyne Road on Syracuse's Southside.
"It's a very sad and disturbing crime in that the victim is an innocent store clerk who happens to be in the store by himself at the counter, and the suspect came in, demanded money. The store clerk appears to try to reason with him, and it was at that time that he shoots the victim," said Connellan.
Police say the suspect fled immediately after the shooting. He didn't get any money from the store.
The victim is 38-year old Shqair Shqair.
"People should be outraged at this. If people want to help, they can call us with information. But we also understand that the victim went through an awful lot of blood to try to save his life. So if people want to help, I'm sure that the red cross would be very willing to take blood donors," said Connellan.
Police have been called to Sabatino's before, but never for anything like this.
In 2010, authorities were called 16 times. In 2011, that jumped to 29 calls. Last year, it was 45. This year, police have already been called 40 times, for things like fights, alarms and incidents outside the store.
"This clerk appears to try to reason with him. But the suspect appears to be very nervous during this robbery, so I don't know if there was even time for him to comply on this one. But we tell them, just do what he tells you do to, comply. It's not worth something like this happening," said Connellan.
Again, this is the highest number of homicides in Syracuse since 2009. That year, there were 20. In '08 there were 24.
Police are asking for the public's help in finding this man. The photo is taken from security camera footage in the store. They say the man was wearing jeans, a hooded Notre Dame sweatshirt and a purple bandana over his face.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at (315) 442-5222. All calls will be kept confidential.