Cleveland Police announced they made an arrest in the shooting of a local man while he was pumping gas.
William “Happy” Neal was arrested on Thursday, July 3 for the June 20 shooting of Fazliddin Yakubov at the Superior Certified gas station located at 7608 Superior.
Police say the release of surveillance video of the shooting at the gas station helped them identify a suspect.
Cleveland Police Chief Michael McGrath and 3rd District Commander Calvin Williams will release more details of the arrest and charges at a press conference today at 2pm.
June 20th, some people were taunting Fazliddin Yakubov, 49, right before he was shot three times in the lower abdomen as he stood near a gas pump, said Julia Shearson, executive director of the Cleveland Chapter Council on American Islamic Relations.
People at the gas station might have mistaken Yakubov, who is a native of Uzbekistan, as an Arab because he spoke the Uzbek language and then recited a Muslim prayer in Arabic when he became frightened by a group of people milling around the gas station, Shearson said. (MORE)