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Flatbush store owner is third killed with same gun
FLATBUSH -- Rahmatollah Vahidipour should have been celebrating his grandson's Bar Mitzvah on Saturday. Instead, cops in Brooklyn were going door to door trying to solve the elderly man's execution. Vahidipour was gunned down inside his Flatbush Avenue clothing store, the "She She Boutique".
The sorrow is uncontrollable as his family struggled to comprehend.
The incident happened just after dark, and before closing on Friday night. Police say someone burst into the shop and shot Vahidipour three times with the exact same gun that was used in two previous robbery-homicides in Brooklyn. One of the robberies took place in Bay Ridge in July, and another took place in Behsonhurst in August.
Detectives are still trying to figure out the motive of the shooting, but they are looking into similarities in the businesses addresses' each including the number eight. The first one took place at 7718 Fifth Avenue, the second took place at 1877 86th Street. Friday night's execution took place at 834 Flatbush Avenue.
As cops hunt for answers, Vahidipour's daughter, Yasmin hopes that someone can call in the top to help catch her father's killer.
"We are in such great pain because of him, and we are hoping to God to find the murderer as soon as possible," Yasmin said.
Authorities are offering rewards of $22,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the three homicides.
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