‘I want justice for him:’ Father of Zayid Muthana, Bodega owners call for protection after 18-year-old shot in family shop in Brooklyn

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – An 18-year-old was shot while trying to earn a living.

On Wednesday, the father spoke to the Brooklyn teenager who was shot down inside his family’s bodega. Zayid Muthana is fighting for his life while police search for the man who shot him in the head, Jessica Moore of CBS2 reported.

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New surveillance video shows the moment the teenager was shot in cold blood inside the M&M Grocery on Nostrand Avenue in East Flatbush on Saturday night.

“I want to talk about my son, Zayid. He’s a good kid,” Fahd Muthana said.

He fought back tears as he said his eldest son has just undergone surgery to remove the bullet that is still stuck in his head.

“He’s feeling bad, fighting for his life in the hospital. The bullet is still in him, but thank God. Hopefully he will be fine,” said Fahd Muthana.

Police hope the recently released video will help locate the man who shot an 18-year-old working in his family’s delicatessen in Brooklyn. (Credit: NYPD)

Bodega owners and community leaders gathered to support the Muthana family.

Randy Gonzalez, from United Bodegas of America, said he feels his life is in danger every day.

“I have five children. What if something happens to me? What happens to my family? We need your help. We need you to be responsive,” he said. “I’m sorry, it’s a little emotional, because it can happen to me like it happened to him.”

Monique Chandler-Waterman, the founder of East Flatbush Village, called on the local community to stand up against gun violence.

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“Be very curious when it comes to your community, because bullets have no name,” she said. “This is not an ‘I’ problem, this is a ‘we’ problem.”

Moments before the shooting, the video shows the suspect and his accomplice appearing to walk away with an object. As Zayid Muthana goes after them, the gunman shoots him in the head and runs off.

“I’m old and strong, but his mother, puha, she’s holding on. When she saw him in the beginning, she could not even speak, but when she saw him in the hospital with her own eyes, she got better, ”said Fahd Muthana.

Elder Muthana said his son wants to be in real estate and worked in the after-school deli to help support his family.

“He always works hard to bring food to the table, and I want justice for him, for the people who did it to him,” Fahd Muthana said. “Justice is to reject the people who did it to this child who tried to earn a living. He did not bother anyone. He did not hurt anyone. I want them to bring them to justice … to serve [jail time]. “

Fahd Muthana said his son’s doctors hope he will recover completely, but that may depend on the outcome of Wednesday’s surgery.

Meanwhile, police are still searching for the two young men responsible for the shooting.

The Yemeni American Merchants Association is asking the NYPD for help increasing patrols around small businesses like Muthana’s bodega.

Anyone with information about the suspects should call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit a tip via their website or via DM on Twitter, @NYPDTips. All calls are kept confidential.

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Editor’s note: This story first appeared on December 1st.


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