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Hunt is on for suspect in Trax slaying

Po­lice be­lieve Quasheam Rich­burg, 20, stormed the Trax Foods store on May 26 and fatally shot Moustafa Shaker.

A man twice ar­res­ted for vi­ol­ent crim­in­al be­ha­vi­or and il­leg­al pos­ses­sion of a weapon  — and twice let free when wit­nesses failed to ap­pear in court — is now sought in con­nec­tion with the early morn­ing rob­bery and murder of a 50-year-old clerk at Trax Food Store in Kens­ing­ton South.

The crime oc­curred May 26 at the 24-hour con­veni­ence store, loc­ated at Front Street and Gir­ard Av­en­ue, just be­fore 3 a.m.

On Fri­day, po­lice said that Quasheam Rich­burg, 20, of the 2500 block of Ridge Drive — near 27th Street and Ridge Av­en­ue — is a sus­pect in the murder of Moustafa Shaker, the clerk gunned down last week.

Shortly after the murder, po­lice re­leased video of the brash crime in which two men, one now be­lieved to be Rich­burg, can be seen storm­ing in­to the con­veni­ence store, at 1204 N. Front Street, at about 2:53 a.m. on May 26.

A sur­veil­lance cam­era cap­tured video, avail­able at www.philly­po­lice.com, of the men con­front­ing Shaker.

The ac­com­plice, de­scribed by po­lice as a black male in his late teens, about 5 foot 7 inches to 5 foot 10 inches tall, wear­ing a black hooded sweat­shirt, seems to be de­mand­ing money while the taller male, wear­ing a base­ball cap and bran­dish­ing a sawed-off shot­gun, keeps his sights trained on Shaker. Po­lice be­lieve Rich­burg held the gun and fatally shot Shaker.

After Shaker re­fused to give them money, the sus­pects tried to take the re­gister.

Po­lice said at this time, Shaker at­temp­ted to flee.

 That’s when po­lice said Rich­burg opened fire, hit­ting Shaker once in the head.

After the first shot, the as­sail­ants ini­tially began to flee the store, only to stop a few feet away be­fore turn­ing back and head­ing in­side.

A fright­en­ingly clear im­age of the man po­lice now be­lieve to be Rich­burg can be seen in sur­veil­lance foot­age.

It shows the gun­man stand­ing in the door­way of the store, coldly rais­ing the gun be­fore fir­ing one more time in­to the shop.

The second man ran in­to the store and headed off cam­era. After he re­turned to view, both men fled on foot.

Shaker died at the scene.

In Ju­ly of last year, Rich­burg was charged with rob­bery, ter­ror­ist­ic threats, simple as­sault, theft and false im­pris­on­ment — only to have those charges later dropped when a wit­ness twice failed to testi­fy, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments.

He was ar­res­ted again in Novem­ber 2010 and charged with rob­bery, car­ry­ing a fire­arm without a li­cense, theft, simple as­sault and reck­less en­dan­ger­ment fol­low­ing a Nov. 12 in­cid­ent.

Again, charges were with­drawn when a wit­ness failed to ap­pear in court.

More re­cently, in April, Rich­burg was ar­res­ted for openly car­ry­ing a fire­arm without a li­cense.

Po­lice are ask­ing any­one who might have in­form­a­tion on Rich­burg’s where­abouts or might have in­form­a­tion that could lead to an ar­rest to con­tact the Phil­adelphia Po­lice Hom­icide Unit at 215-686-3334 or call 911.

Re­port­er Hay­den Mit­man can be reached at 215-354-3124 or hmit­man@bsmphilly.com

You can reach at hmitman@bsmphilly.com.

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