Queens deli worker shot by homeless gunman dies: cops
A Queens deli worker died after he was blasted by a homeless gunman — who was in the end held down by an off-duty cop and arrested, authorities mentioned.
Steven Cohen, 63, went into the Cross Bay Categorical deli on Cross Bay Boulevard close to Pitkin Avenue in Jamaica round 6 p.m. and began “appearing disorderly,” police mentioned.
Two staff, 26-year-old Mohmediyan Tarwala and a 32-year-old man, escorted him out of the shop, based on authorities.
However Cohen went again inside and allegedly shot Tarwala, placing him within the abdomen, cops mentioned.
Tarwala was pronounced lifeless at Jamaica Hospital Medical Heart early Tuesday.
Cohen additionally fired on the different worker, however missed, based on police.
Off-duty cop Jason Maharaj of Brooklyn’s 77th Precinct — who occurred to be inside the shop — tackled Cohen, took his gun from him and arrested him, cops mentioned.
“Whereas he’s inside, he hears a gunshot,” Police Commissioner Dermot Shea mentioned on NY1 Tuesday of Maharaj’s actions. “And when he when he seems, he sees the person with the gun and makes a tactical resolution — [he] tackles the person, will get the gun [and] holds him for the responding cops.”
“And as I mentioned, tragically, the person who was shot, his life couldn’t be saved, however you understand, [I’m] awfully happy with the work of the police officer, [his] heroic actions,” the highest cop added.
The NYPD’s preliminary investigation reveals that Cohen was recognized to the shop and “would regularly are available in, trigger some issues,” Shea advised NY1.
“It seems that there was a little bit of a feud happening between the shop and this particular person for a while,” he mentioned.
Cohen might have been sleeping in a automobile within the space, Shea mentioned.
He has been charged with homicide, tried homicide and felony use of a firearm, cops mentioned.