Milwaukee police solved an 8-year-old murder cold case after tips from the community and now the suspect faces decades behind bars.
Officials in the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office charged Donald D. Moore, 32, for killing Fawzi Abu-Hamdan during a robbery gone awry on the night of Dec. 28, 2012. Officials announced the charges this week.
Police said Moore attempted to rob a convenience store on the 1900 block of N. 32nd Street around 9 p.m. Moore shot the store owner, who was trying to draw a gun in self-defense, according to police.
Court documents allege that two confidential witnesses, one in 2013, the second in November 2020, identified Moore. Two additional witnesses reportedly identified Moore as the shooter in February.
Surveillance footage from outside the store showed two men surveying the place before entering, according to court documents. The first man entered the crowded store, and Moore followed behind.
Officials said that the surveillance footage shows Moore firing a shot into the convenience store's ceiling before turning the gun on Abu-Hamdan.
Abu-Hamdan was shot in the hand and fatally in the chest, prosecutors say. Surveillance recorded Abu-Hamdan saying he had been shot.
After the second shot, police said the gunman shoved a kid out of his way. His mother grabbed the boy and took him to the back of the store to safety. Moore was allegedly in the store for less than five seconds.
Moore was charged with one count of first-degree reckless homicide – party to a crime, habitual criminal repeater and use of a dangerous weapon.
If convicted, Moore faces up to 71 years in prison.