Police are asking the public for help to find the suspect they believe is responsible for a deadly shooting at a Syracuse pizza shop. YNN's Katie Gibas has the latest on the investigation.
It was one in the morning and Shqair Shqair was finishing up an 18 hour day at the pizza shop he owned. Police say Eric Woody then burst into Sabatino's Pizza and Deli on Ballantyne Road and demanded money. Police say Shqair tried to reason with Woody, but the suspect shot him seconds later.
"That's very disturbing. In this country we live in, everyone should have a right to earn a living. Everyone should have the right to run their business and to feel safe," said Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler. "No one can stand in front of you and give you a rational answer to something like that because it's an irrational act that's committed by a person or people that don't belong out in our society," said Fowler.
Now police are asking for your help to find 24-year old Eric Woody. He's 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs around 149 pounds. He has a tattoo on his arm that says "O-G Eric." They say he's is a known gang member and since police haven't found the murder weapon, Woody should be considered armed and dangerous.
Police say Eric Woody has family in the area but they're not sure if he is still in the area.
"I don't know if he's still in this area. If he's still in this area. He's hiding pretty good," said Fowler.
The Sabatino's shooting was the city's 18th homicide. We are now up to 21. That's the most since 2008. That year, there were 24. Chief Fowler says the fact that these crimes are random makes them hard to predict.
"We just stay right at it. And we try to anticipate where things are going to happen. We work hard at following crime trends and making necessary adjustments. We listen to our citizens," said Fowler.
Shqair moved to the U.S. from Palestine in 2009. He is survived by his wife, five children and extended family.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Syracuse Police at (315) 442-5222.