A 28-year-old bodega worker was stabbed to death outside his place of employment on Wednesday night, and police believe the victim was killed after asking a group of men on the sidewalk to leave.
The worker, identified as Mohamed Nasser Awawdah, was killed outside the Dyckman Kwik Stop at 201 Dyckman Street, near Vermilyea Avenue, in Inwood. According to the NYPD, police received a 911 call just after 8 p.m. and found Awawdah unconscious and unresponsive with a stab wound to the chest.
EMS took Awawdah to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
A police spokesperson said that Awawdah had approached men who were outside the store to leave the block, prompting the stabbing.
"Sometimes they don’t understand how much risk we take," Francisco Marte, of The Bodega Association, told WCBS 2.
The police have not released a description of the suspect yet. Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM, on Twitter @NYPDTips.