2016-11-02 / Front Page

Cops Target Suspects In Astoria Gunfire

By Liz Goff
Police at the 114th Precinct have identified and are searching for two suspects who opened fire outside an Astoria food market on October 13.

Cops said the gunmen drove up outside the Fatima Food Market at 21-37 21st Avenue at about 7 p.m. on October 13, where they fired several rounds before speeding off in a Chrysler sedan. No one was injured in the gunfire, police said.

Dep. Inspector Peter Fortune, commanding officer of the 114th Precinct, last week described the gunfire as a drug deal “gone bad,” and said detectives are targeting the two suspects.

The owner of the Fatima Food Market made headlines in December 2015 when a man shouting anti-Muslim rhetoric assaulted him inside the store.

Piro Kobrani, 55, of Florida, was initially arrested on a minor assault charge after he broke into a rage on December 6, 2015, and repeatedly beat storeowner Sarker Haque.

Kobrani was issued a Desk Appearance Ticket that required him to appear in court to answer the charges.

NYPD detectives later established the beating as a bias crime and rearrested Kobrani on hate crime charges.

Police said the October 13 gunfire is unrelated to the December 2015 hate crime, an NYPD spokesperson said.

Anyone with information is urged to call the CrimeStoppers HOTLINE at 1-800-577-TIPS or click on www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.










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