Syracuse pizza shop owner dies after being shot in armed robbery

The owner of a pizza shop died Tuesday after being shot during a robbery at his shop.

Syracuse Police say they armed robbery and shooting took place around 1:05 a.m. Tuesday at Sabatinoâ??s Pizza on Ballantyne Road.

Police say the suspect entered the store and demanded cash from the clerk. He then shot the cashier when he didn't give him money right away.

The ownerâ??s son, Khalil Shqair, tells CNY Central that his father, Shqair Shqair, was behind the counter with two other employees at the time. He says Shqair is the owner of the pizza shop. Police say the robber confronted Shqair and appeared nervous. Police say the robber shot Shqair before he could hand over any money and fled from the scene.

Police say the male suspect was wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt with an emblem on the chest, jeans, and a purple bandana over his face. Since his face and hands were covered, police could not determine the race of the suspect.

Khalil Shqair says police have taken surveillance cameras and video from the shop. Police say they are not releasing the surveillance video out of respect to the family.

Shqair Shqair was taken to Upstate University Hospital where he was rushed in to emergency surgery. He later died at the hospital.

Police say this is the first robbery to take place inside the pizza shop in the past three years but they have been called to the immediate vicinity outside the store numerous times. Police received 16 calls in 2010, 29 calls in 2011, 45 calls in 2012, 40 in 2013. The calls involved a number of incidents including shots fired, robberies, fights, and weapons possession.

Syracuse Police say this is the 18th homicide in the city this year.

In attempts to save the victim, the Red Cross donated quite a bit of blood and are asking for donations to replenish their supply.

Police are appealing to the public to contact Syracuse Police with any information at 442-5222.