Reward for info on possible serial killer upped to $40K

The reward for information on the murders of three shopkeepers by a possible serial killer has been upped to $40,000.

New video released in string of shopkeeper murders.

New video released in string of shopkeeper murders. (Credit: News 12 )

BROOKLYN - The reward for information on the murders of three shopkeepers by a possible serial killer has been upped to $40,000.

Surveillance video was released earlier showing a balding, middle-aged man wearing an overcoat and carrying a duffel bag. Authorities say the video was captured about a block from the most recent murder.

Police say 78-year-old Rahmatollah Vahidipour was shot in the head and torso three times at his Flatbush Avenue boutique Friday evening. Investigators linked the gun used in the shooting to the murder of two other Brooklyn shopkeepers over the summer.

All three shopkeepers were of Middle Eastern descent. Police say the NYPD Hate Crime Task Force has also opened its own investigation.

Investigators say they are also looking to question an older woman who may have witnessed Friday's killing. Two other possible witnesses have been questioned and released.

Police are asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

News 12 took to the streets to find 1 Word on the Street: Time travel
NYCHA asked children to design their dream playgrounds. 2 NYCHA, nonprofit team up for new Red Hook playgrounds
Police say Alastasia Bryan, 25, was sitting in 3 Vigil held for slain correction officer
4 Brooklyn Sportscast, Dec. 8
A woman was injured after being shot in 5 Woman injured in Brooklyn shooting

advertisement | advertise on News 12

More News

New video released of violent Paterson bodega robbery

Police have released new surveillance video of the violent Paterson bodega robbery last Wednesday.Authorities are

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE