© Joe Marino for New York Daily News
Isaac Kadare was found shot and stabbed inside his store Thursday night at 1877 86th street off of 19th Ave. in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.
Brooklyn shopkeepers are on alert after cops linked two storeowners' murders to the same gun and suggested the killer might be using numerology to choose his targets.
Isaac Kadare's store at 1877 86th St., where he was killed last Thursday, and Mohammed Gebeli's shop at 7718 Fifth Ave., where he was found dead July 6, both have addresses using the same three numbers - a fact that has workers shaken.
"That's really scary," said Citlali Amigon, 29, who manages the Panaderia La Autentica bakery at 1878 86th St.
"It's frightening. I'm really worried. . . . I tell my boss, 'Maybe I'm next,' God forbid," said Jamie Hazim, 55, who manages the Designs Plus Furniture Showroom across the street from Kadare's store at 1874 86th St.
"We have a close number to the addresses he has targeted. I wonder what the numbers mean to him," she said.
But detectives, while not ruling out the numerology theory, pointed out other links: Both targeted shops lacked surveillance cameras and were hit at closing time when the shopkeepers were alone.
Kadare, 59, was found shot in the head and stabbed in the neck inside his Amazing 99 Cent Deals shop in Bensonhurst.
The bullet that killed him is believed to have been fired from the same pistol used to kill Gebeli, 65, in Valentino Fashion Inc., police said.