WOODSIDE — The man who was killed after a woman pushed him in front of a 7 train in Sunnyside Thursday night was kind, hardworking and had only recently fulfilled his longtime ambition of opening his own business, his devastated friends said Friday.
Sunando Sen, 46, a Woodside resident who was originally from Calcutta, India, liked listening to music and watching late-night comedy shows, and after years of working in the copying and printing business, he was proud to have recently launched his own copy shop on the Upper West Side, said Sen's roommate, M.D. Khan.
"He's so nice, gentle and quiet," said Khan, 33. "It's broken my heart."
Sen was waiting for the 7 train at the 40th Street station, at 40th Street and Queens Boulevard, when a young woman who had been mumbling to herself on the platform approached him from behind and, with no warning, shoved him onto the northbound tracks as a train was pulling into the station, police said.
Police were still searching for the suspect Friday afternoon, described as a heavyset woman in her 20s, 5-foot-5, with brown or blonde hair. She was last seen wearing a blue, gray and white ski jacket and Nike sneakers. Police are offering a $12,000 reward for information leading to the suspect's arrest and conviction.
Khan, who had known Sen for about a year, said he was horrified by the attack and was reluctant to ride the subway.
"I'm nervous," Khan said.
Sen had dreamed for years of opening his own business, and despite setbacks, including a heart attack about nine months ago, he was finally able to launch Amsterdam Copy & Graphics on Amsterdam Avenue, Khan said.
The shop, which has several copiers and printers, was shuttered on Friday.
"I saw him every day," said Eliezer Garcia, 49, who manages DRD Jewelry nearby. "He never skipped a day."
Sen's death came just a few weeks after Ki-Suck Han, 58, was killed when he was pushed onto the Q train tracks at 49th Street in Midtown. Police arrested Naeem Davis, 30, who admitted to shoving Han, and later charged Davis with murder.
With reporting by Victoria Bekiempis