Police continue suspect search in market murder - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Anna Marie Hartman

Police continue suspect search in market murder

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - The video is violent and shocking: 68-year-old grocer Eada Zhad is shot to death just inside his neighborhood market.

An armed suspect then shoots his daughter, as his son manages to dodge the bullets.  

Thanks to surveillance video from inside the store, investigators know exactly what happened at 1042 Chelsea on election night.  They just don't know why. 

"There is no motive at this time because the motive in a case like this would have to come from the person that did it," Major Joe Scott of the Memphis Police Department said Thursday.

According to Scott, investigators have ruled out robbery because the suspect simply walked in and started shooting.  In less than 10 seconds, he walked out without money or merchandise.

Thursday, investigators were still canvassing the neighborhood looking for clues. 

"They're working hard on it today," Scott said. "I've been briefed on it a couple of times, and they're progressing."  

Scott said it was also unusual for police to release an entire video of such a violent act.  But in this case, he said, they had no choice.

"There weren't any points where we could just show the suspect without the interaction with the victims," Scott said.

Scott said Zhad's daughter who was also shot is still hospitalized but is expected to recover.

Teddy bears and notes lined the outside the store where the shooting happened, which remained closed Thursday.  On one pink Post-It, the words "Stop the killing" were written, while another note simply read, "I love you."

If you recognize the suspect in the video, call Memphis Crimestoppers at 528-CASH.


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