INWOOD, Manhattan — A bodega employee was fatally stabbed in the chest in Inwood Wednesday night after confronting a group of men outside the store, police sources tell PIX11 News.
Police found Mohamed Nasser Awawdah, 28, unconscious and unresponsive on Dyckman Street near Vermilyea Avenue around 8 p.m., officials said.
Police sources tell PIX11's Anthony DiLorenzo that a group of men was loitering outside the bodega where Awawdah was working. When he went outside and told them to keep it moving, one of the individuals stabbed him in the chest, sources say.
Emergency medical services rushed Awawdah to NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center, but the man succumbed to his injuries.
During a press conference Thursday, City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez called for an increase in the number of police officers patrolling the area and asked for justice to support the bodega owners.
“We need to be sure that the community continues to be safe for people living here for decades and for newcomers,” he said.
“We will continue coordinating efforts to increase safety for deli owners and bodega owners,” he added.
Rodriguez announced he will be working with his staff to create a bodega/deli “panic” button that should be installed in bodegas and delis so that whenever workers, or owners are filled with fear, they could activate a button that should connect with the NYPD.
No arrests have been made, police said. No weapon was recovered at the scene, police sources say.
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