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NYPD Following "Solid Lead" In Brooklyn Merchant's Homicide

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Police in Brooklyn say they are following a strong lead in connection with the shooting death of a small business owner in Brooklyn.

No further details are being provided on the suspect's identity.

Investigators say Mohamed Bilal, 32, was working at the New Attitude Electronic store on New Lots Avenue in East New York around 1:30 p.m. when the gunman walked in and shot him in the chest.

Bilal was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Friends say he moved to the U.S. a few years ago, and had a wife and a 2-month-old baby in Pakistan. They also say he had just bought a ticket to fly home to meet his child and was on a video conference call with his wife when the suspect walked into the store.

"American dream you know he was really working hard. Recently I think he bought his own store. He was really happy about it," said Mohammad Usman, a friend of Bilal's.

"When they told me who it was, I was really shocked. The guy hasn't been here that long, so he hasn't had a chance to have trouble with anyone. It's a tragedy," said Ron Rogers, an acquaintance of Bilal's.

The motive for the shooting is unclear, but police have ruled out robbery because nothing was taken from the store.

"The individual may have been in the store before and may have had family members that have gone in the store before. So we have a solid lead in this regard,' said Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.

Investigators are also looking at security camera video to track down the killer.

Anyone with information on the case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

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