Second Bronx Bodega Worker Slain This Week; Suspect In Custody

By Sasha Gonzales
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A 20-year-old Bronx deli worker was fatally shot Tuesday when a fight broke out in his store—the second bodega worker murdered in the borough in less than a week, authorities said.

Mohammed Qutaish, 20, was manning the counter at the bodega at 3700 White Plains Road in Williamsbridge around 11 a.m. when he became involved in the physical dispute with a group of people in the store, according to the NYPD.

One of them, Adrien Topping, 28, allegedly shot Qutaish in the chest before running out of the deli with the others, police said.

Qutaish was rushed to Montefiore Medical Center, where doctors pronounced him dead.

Topping was arrested Wednesday and faces pending charges of murder, manslaughter, and gun possession.

Qutaish was the second bodega worker killed at a Bronx deli in a five-day span.

A ski-mask clad gunman shot and killed a Bronx bodega worker Friday, saying nothing as he entered to the store and blew away the 34-year-old, police said.

Yehya Almontaser, a native of Yemen who had recently become a U.S. citizen, suffered two bullet wounds to his chest shortly after 6:30 p.m. at the B&A Gourmet Deli, on Brook Avenue at 137th Street in Mott Haven, according to the NYPD.

Qutaish was also a native of Yemen, authorities said.

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