Innocent deli worker dies days after shooting
A Bronx deli worker has passed away, several days after being shot in the head.
According to police, 43-year-old Victor Chafla was an innocent bystander in the shooting, taking a stray bullet while stocking fruits and vegetables on Morrison Avenue last week. He succumbed to his injuries at Jacobi Medical Center.
Friends say Chafla had worked at the deli for nearly 10 years making juice, and sent money back to his wife and seven children so that they could build a better life in Ecuador. Friends of Chafla say he was a workaholic, and since he came to this country he had never gone back to see his family. They say he planned to return to his home country in two years.
The deli opened for the first time Tuesday since Thursday's shooting.
Chafla's coworkers told News 12 it is incredibility difficult to be at work because everyone is full of sadness that he isn't alongside them.
Investigators previously released surveillance video from outside the store at the time of the shooting. People are seen running and ducking for cover at around 5 p.m. last Thursday.
Authorities say 22-year-old Lameek Oliver was arrested the next day and charged with felony assault, but they are still looking for a second suspect who is believed to have pulled the trigger.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.