NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A suspect was charged Tuesday night with the murder of a Brooklyn electronics store employee who was gunned down Monday in the middle of his workday.
Robert Bullock, 24, of East New York, Brooklyn, was charged with murder, attempted robbery, and criminal possession of a weapon in the shooting that killed Mohammad Bilal, 32.
Police used surveillance video and information from eyewitnesses to find the person they wanted to talk to, 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reported.
Bullock was questioned at the 75th Precinct on Sutter Avenue.
Before charges were filed, police Commissioner Ray Kelly called the arrest a solid lead.
“The individual may have been in the store before, and may have had family members who have gone in the store before,” he said.
A friend of Bilal’s, Ron Rogers, said Bilal fixed computers and cellphones at the store. He said he saw the suspect escape.
“A guy with a bike — he had on all black,” Rogers said. “He put his bike right here up against the fence right here. My understanding is that he went in and shot the guy, ran out and came for his bike, and took off.”
The victim had just moved to the U.S. from Pakistan a few months ago to provide a better life for the wife and infant child he left behind, friends said.
“I feel terribly, I’m feeling about this incident. I’m really shocked,” said another friend, Mohammad Usman. “A young man lost his life. He left home probably happy coming to work at a store, and look what happened to him. It’s a big tragedy.”
On Monday night, Bilal’s cousins were trying to comprehend why he was targeted by the gunman in broad daylight.
“He has a 2-month-old baby — a baby boy that he sees only on Skype and he never met,” said cousin Jabeen Ahmed. “It’s just heartbreaking.”
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