Suspect Arrested In Killing Of Queens Deli Owner
Police arrested a 29-year-old Queens man in the shooting of a bodega worker, who was killed in front of his family while closing the store Oct. 23.

Shawn Forde, of Springfield Gardens, Queens, is in custody and charged with the murder of 54-year-old Juan Torres during a botched robbery of the Lucky Deli & Grocery, according to Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown.

"The defendant is accused of the senseless and tragic shooting death of a man who had come to the aid of his brother during a gunpoint bodega robbery," Brown said, "The victim's life was cut short the moment that the defendant decided to pull the trigger -- a decision that has had a devastating impact on the victim's family and could lead to the defendant spending the rest of his life in prison."

The deli's owner, whose name is being withheld, was closing the store just before 10:00 p.m., when Forde allegedly entered, withdrew a gun and demanded money. After grabbing the owner by the shirt and pressing his head to the counter at gunpoint, Torres heard the commotion and walked toward his brother's assailant from behind, the District Attorney said. Forde then allegedly wheeled toward Torres and shot him once in the face, killing him.

Forde is now awaiting arraignment and faces a sentence of 25 years to life.