2003-03-13 / Front Page

MILL BASIN SLAY LINKED TO OTHERS

By Charles Rogers

By Charles Rogers Police are linking the murder of a laundromat manager last Monday in Crown Heights with a series of others recently, including the slaying of a grocery store owner in Mill Basin on February 8.

Police composite sketch of two suspects wanted in connection with recent slayings, including Mill Basin grocer.Police composite sketch of two suspects wanted in connection with recent slayings, including Mill Basin grocer.

Authorities are citing statistics that identify the weapon used in the "execution style" murder of a Ukrainian immigrant who was shot point blank in the face with a .40 caliber handgun with the weapon used to kill Sukhjit Khajala, 50, the owner of the Around the Clock Mini-Market at 5803 Avenue N. Investigators are also checking a link to other killings recently, including a store owner in Queens who was murdered the same morning as Khajala, with the same gun and mode of operation.

They cite the killing of an auto-parts store manager on March 1st as using the same procedure, although that crime was committed with a .45 automatic. The first two murders took place on a Saturday morning, with apparently two perpetrators responsible. Police have issued sketches that show what those suspects look like.

The deceased Mill Basin merchant had owned the store for 12 years and was well-liked by everyone, neighbors said. Although robbery was an apparent motive, not much money was taken in either the Queens or Brooklyn incidents and, according to reports, no money was taken after the laundromat manager was slain.

Anyone with information is asked to call the police at 1-800-577-TIPS. All calls will be kept strictly confidential.

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