SPRINGFIELD GARDENS, NY (WPIX)—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 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.