Oak Creek man killed at his Milwaukee corner store

CREATED Dec. 30, 2012

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MILWAUKEE - Police are searching for the person who killed an Oak Creek man in his Milwaukee business.  Friends and customers say the victim was a generous neighborhood grocer.

Police identified the owner as 53-year-old owner Fawzi Abu-Hamden. He lived in Oak Creek.

There are stuffed animals, balloons and candles on the front door of the Zara Food Store at 1955 North 32nd Street.

Long time customers drove by Sunday and paid respects to store employee Steven Goines. 

He lives above the store. 

Just before 9:00pm closing Friday night, he says he heard a gun shot downstairs.

"Opened the door and there was Fred, laying there," Goines told TODAY'S TMJ4 reporter Tom Murray. 

"He meant a lot to the people."

Police investigating over the weekend say the motive for the attack appears to be robbery.

Abu-Hamden was a husband and father. Most of his regular customers also became his friends. They called him 'Fred'.

"Fred was a decent, decent man," said customer Cortney Jones. "It's very upsetting. Very. It's not fair for people trying to make a living, trying to take care of their families."

Police said a struggle ensued and during a scuffle the victim sustained a fatal gunshot wound. The suspect fled in a dark colored SUV and no arrests have yet been made, but the investigation is ongoing.