June 25, 2024

Gothamist reports:

“A Bronx smoke shop worker who fatally shot a man allegedly robbing his store Wednesday has been arrested and charged with weapons possession, according to police. The NYPD said 26-year-old Fares Alhazmi fired at 23-year-old Romel Carey, who was attempting to rob the smoke shop on East Tremont Avenue around 12:30 a.m. The shop’s owner, Fatehi Kassim, said Alhazmi, his cousin, had reason to feel threatened. He said Carey got angry because Alhazmi was busy trying to help another customer. “The guy come to him … he told him ‘I’m coming back, I’ll kill you.’ And he coming back after 35 minutes, he got the gun,” Kassim said. “For no reason.” Kassim said he wasn’t sure if Carey was trying to steal anything from the store, but he was adamant that his cousin had acted in self-defense. “You have a gun in the store, you take care of yourself. If he didn’t have the gun, he [would have] died, my cousin,” he said. Police said Carey was shot in the head and died at the scene. Alhazmi was arrested immediately after the incident as a person of interest, but was formally charged Thursday morning with criminal possession of a firearm …”

This may have been an “illegal” dispensary, not that it should matter.  The state legislature created that mess in the first place.  They also created the gun control mess.

It will be interesting to see if the guy makes a 2A defense.

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