NO I.D. ON FREDDY’S SUSPECT
NEW YORK — Police were still working Sunday to identify the man who opened fire in the Freddy’s apparel store in Harlem on Friday before setting it ablaze.
Eight people were killed in the incident, including the assailant. The police are investigating whether the gunman was inspired by recent protests — held on 125th Street in front of Freddy’s — related to the impending displacement of the Record Shack, a 17-year-old black-owned establishment whose lease was overseen by Freddy’s owner Fred Harari. The gunman was carrying an identification card with what was termed a fake name. Officer Noreen Murray, a spokeswoman for the New York City Police Department, said Sunday afternoon it has now been determined that the man did not live at the address listed on the card.
Murray said she had “no confirmation” of whether police presence has been stepped up at Harari’s other two Freddy’s outlets, in the Bronx. She noted that the case is still being considered as “a possible bias crime.”
Harari was reportedly in seclusion this weekend. A message left at a listing of F. Harari in Brooklyn was unanswered.