Bedford Park bodega shooting claims worker’s life

Police conducted a thorough investigation at A&M Deli and Grocery where a N&A Food employee was shot to death after a tense argument with the alleged gunman.
Photo by Edwin Soto

Police arrested a 30-year-old gunman who used an officer’s firearm to murder a Fordham bodega employee early Tuesday morning. According to police, the alleged gunman, Efrain Guzman executed Wali Camara, a 49-year-old N&A Food employee, on Tuesday, August 9 around 2 a.m. with a gun he grabbed from a cop’s holster moments earlier. Police said, the grocery store clerk employee ran across the street to A&M Deli and Grocery to confront Guzman after witnessing him stealing a cell phone. A tense argument erupted between Camara and Guzman at the deli on Valentine Avenue near East 198th Street causing witnesses to flag down a pair of 52nd Precinct patrol cars. Police said it was unclear how Guzman managed to swipe the officer’s gun. Another police officer shot Guzman several times in his torso. Camara and Guzman were both rushed to St. Barnabas Hospital where the bodega employee died from his injuries. Guzman is listed in stable condition, according to law enforcement. No officers were injured. Police said, Guzman has several prior arrest for robbery, weapons and assault charges and was recently arrested for an assault earlier this year.

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