Suspect charged with killing store clerk appears in court - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Suspect charged with killing store clerk appears in court

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© The following photo of  Milton Daniels Jr. was provided by the New Haven Police Department. © The following photo of Milton Daniels Jr. was provided by the New Haven Police Department.
NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

The New Haven man arrested in connection with the killing of a store clerk back in January was arraigned in court Tuesday.

Police said Milton Daniels Jr., 20, shot the clerk, Abdul Ghani El- Rawas of Bridgeport, multiple times while in the Orchard Market on Orchard Street.

Ghani El-Rawas was rushed to the hospital, where he later died.

Police believe Daniels was attempting to rob the store when the shooting occurred. The amount of money stolen was not released by police, but told Eyewitness News that it was a small amount.

Police said surveillance images, along with witness interviews, helped them determine that Daniels was responsible for the shooting. He was arrested Friday.

Daniels, who police believe was responsible for various robberies and burglaries, was charged with felony murder and is being held on a $2 million bond.

"It's one less bad person, one less gun on the streets," said Adib Chouiki.

Chouiki said his friend El-Rawas worked 13 to 14 hours per day to make a living on his own because his family lives in Lebanon.

"Everyone spoke very highly of him," Chouiki said. "He never had any problems with anyone he was just a hard working person who works to make a living and serve the community."

At the arraignment hearing, the judge set his bond at $2 million. Daniels mother and father were in the courtroom Tuesday, but they did not talk to reporters.

"We have brought justice to this family and that we have brought them the truth," said New Haven Police Chief Dean M. Esserman.

The Orchard Market has been taken over by Rawas's business partner.

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