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Corner Store Employee Indicted for Fatally Shooting His Co-Worker Inside Shop on Broadway

Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 24-year-old Abdula Hussein of Buffalo was arraigned this morning before State Supreme Court Justice M. William Boller on an indictment charging him with one count of Murder in the Second Degree (Class “A-I” felony).

It is alleged that on Tuesday, February 21, 2023, at approximately 3:30 p.m., Buffalo Police officers responded to a reported shooting at a corner store located on Broadway near Sears Street. Officers found the victim, 62-year-old Tawfaik Alsheari, deceased inside of the store.

The defendant, who was an employee of the store, is accused of intentionally shooting his co-worker. The defendant was apprehended by police a short time later.

Hussein is scheduled to return on Thursday, April 6, 2023 at 9:30 a.m. for a pre-trial conference. He continues to be held without bail.  

If convicted of the charge, Hussein faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison.

DA Flynn commends Buffalo Police Department Homicide Squad Detectives Christopher Sterlace, Mark Costantino and Adam Stephany for their work in this investigation. 

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Rebecca L. Schnirel of the Homicide Unit.

As are all persons accused of a crime, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

03/17/2023 - 11:24 am