Driver killed to prevent testimony?

May 14, 2009 3:03:07 PM PDT
A livery driver was fatally shot as he walked home after parking his car in the Sheepshead Bay section of Brooklyn. The 50-year-old victim, identified as Tamiz Din, was shot at Voorhies Avenue and East 18 Street just after 12:45 a.m. Thursday.

The suspect fled the scene and no arrests were immediately made. Police initially believed robbery was the motive, but are now investigating if Din was targeted to prevent his testimony in a trial.

Police say Din had just parked his car and was walking home when surveillance video from a nearby building shows one man approach him and two others close in. Seconds later, cops say Din was shot five times in the chest.

Detectives now want to talk to Din's ex-boyfriend, Saleem Khan. who had allegedly attacked him in the past. Din was set to testify against him in court.

"He did have a court case in which he was expected to appear today," police commissioner Ray Kelly said. "It was an assault case. We're looking at all aspects of this matter."

Din's family says they're certain Khan was behind the shooting, due to his violent history. Din even had an order of protection against him.

Eyewitness News reporter Stacey Sager: "It was someone who tried to kill him twice before?"
Din's cousin, Sheikh Aziz: "Twice before, yeah. And he keep calling us, me and Tamiz."
Sager: "So you think he might be the one?"
Aziz: "Yeah, 100 percent. I think definitely."

Family members also say that as recent as three weeks ago, the ex had threatened Din's life, again.

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