28-Year-Old Man Charged In Fatal Shooting Of Bronx Deli Employee

Kimberly Dole
February 18, 2020 - 4:51 pm

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) —Police have charged a man in connection to the fatal shooting of a deli employee in the Bronx on Tuesday.

Officials say a dispute with customers led to 20-year-old Qutaish Muhammed being shot to death in the second such fatal shooting in the borough in less than a week.

Police responding to a 911 call in the Williamsbridge neighborhood shortly before 11:30 a.m. and discovered Muhammed with a gunshot wound to the torso.

He was rushed to Montefiore Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

A witness told WABC-TV that the victim was a deli worker was shot in the face and in the back by a man after the deli employee refused to sell a woman a losse cigarette.

Authorities say a man and woman attempted to flee the deli on foot.

Police placed an 18-year-old woman and 28-year-old man in custody.

Adrien Topping, 28, was charged Tuesday night for murder, manslaughter and criminal possesion of a weapon, police said.

The woman was questioned and released, officials say.

The shooting came four days after a 34-year-old worker was fatally shot at a deli in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx. Police have not arrested a suspect in the earlier shooting.