Politicians call for action as shot deliveryman diesBy BRYAN VIRASAMI and ROCCO PARASCANDOLA
October 13, 2005, New York Newsday [source]
The Chinese food deliveryman shot in a botched robbery in the Bronx has died, police said Wednesday.
Detectives, meanwhile, were still searching for the two men responsible for Sahua [fahua] Chen's murder.
Chen, 52, died at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center Tuesday afternoon, less than a day after he was shot in the eye during a struggle with two men inside the lobby of an apartment building at 611 E. 149th St. in the Melrose section.
Chen, who worked for a nearby takeout restaurant, was apparently robbed after making a legitimate $9 food delivery on the second floor.
He then tried, one witness told police, to prevent the two suspects from leaving the building by holding closed the front door.
But the gunman fired once, striking Chen and allowing the gunman and his accomplice to run off. It wasn't clear what the suspects stole from Chen, who was found with $100 and his cell phone still on him.
Wednesday, eight members of the City Council's Black, Latino and Asian Caucus announced a $1,000 reward for information leading to Chen's killers. The reward total is now $3,000.
"This tragedy has left the family devastated and our community outraged," said city Councilman John Liu. "We call upon our law enforcement officials to spare no effort, leave no stone unturned and find these killers."
Another caucus member said an arrest is crucial, lest other deliverymen become victims.
"This crime needs to be settled as quickly as possible so that it's clear to those who are inclined to perpetuate such crimes that they will not go unchecked, that they will not go uninvestigated and unsolved," said city Councilman Bill Perkins.
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