CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn — A well-liked neighbor in a Crown Heights community was shot in the back of the head and killed inside a Brooklyn deli Thursday, police said.
Police identified the victim as Khadeem Anderson, a 28-year-old man known as "Boom" around the neighborhood.
He was a regular inside the bodega, according to Isaac Copeland, who said he's known the victim for years.
"Crazy because we love the store, more than any of the other stores," Copeland said. "We go into the store and they give us free things. They look after us and he's always in that store."
Police said that at about 5 a.m. there was an argument inside Deli & Convience at 412 Utica Ave.
As customers fled, leaving their morning coffees behind, Anderson was shot once in the back of the head by man in his 40s who fled in a dark-colored sedan, police said.
When emergency crews arrived, the victim was unconscious and unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Neither police nor witnesses have offered any details about the fight that led up to the killing.
Copeland said the last time he saw Anderson alive was at about 11 p.m. Wednesday at a Fourth of July barbecue around the corner from their home.
"He came back to the house, everything was alright and he was smiling, joking," Copeland said.
This is the sixth known homicide in the 71st Precinct this year, according to police records. That's three times as many as last year. Homicides are up slight citywide year-over-year.
Workers in the area said they feel the tide turning back a bit after years of relative peace.
"We have to be more careful and look out for each other more," said Alex Willie, who knew the victim.
No arrests have been made.
A police spokesman told PIX11 News they expect to release pictures and video of the alleged shooter soon.
If you have any information regarding the incident, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or text TIP577 to 274637. For Spanish, call 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).