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Father Fatally Shot and Son Pistol-Whipped in Botched Robbery, Police Say

By  Maya Rajamani and Ben Fractenberg | October 27, 2017 2:40pm 

CIVIC CENTER — Investigators have identified two of the three men who fatally shot a Queens man and pistol-whipped his son in a botched robbery of their Ozone Park office, police said Friday.

They hoped to rob Hani Kasem, 64, but shot him in the head and smacked his son, 32, inside an office at 98-21 101st Ave., near 99th Street, about 10:19 a.m. Oct. 23, chief of detectives Robert Boyce said at an unrelated press conference at NYPD headquarters.

“They went in with a gun demanding a lot of money. An argument started and that’s when he was shot,” Boyce said, adding the suspects left without getting any cash.

Neither Boyce nor the NYPD's press office provided further information about the suspects. There hadn't been any arrests as of Friday afternoon, they said.

Kasem, who lived on 166th Street in Jamaica Hills, was being treated at Jamaica Hospital, but died Tuesday, police said.

His son suffered minor injuries.

Boyce said investigators were currently seeking two of the suspects and were still trying to identify the third.

“Two down, one to go,” he added.