A Fort Lauderdale food mart clerk who shot at three people inside the store last month has been arrested, authorities said Friday.
Omar Ayyash, 26, was taken into custody in Ohio, the Broward Sheriff's Office said. The details of his arrest were unknown.
Ayyash will face three counts of attempted murder, BSO officials said. He was being held in the Cuyahoga County jail in Cleveland and will be extradited to Florida.
According to the BSO, Ayyash saw Drakaar and Zkhan Allen walk into the store at Northwest 13th Court and Northwest 27th Avenue with a 17-year-old girl on Sept. 25. While the brothers were in the store, Ayyash became upset with the group and a fight escalated quickly.
Investigators said Ayyash fired several shots at the trio as they ran away from the store. Ayyash, an ex-convict, fled the store after the shooting, the BSO said. The victims suffered minor injuries, but Allen's mother said he still has a bullet lodged in his foot.
"I was relieved, you know, knowing that justice was going to be served for what he did," said Tremetria Allen about learning that Ayyash had been caught.
Ayyash is well-known to law enforcement. He was arrested just two weeks before the shooting for violating his probation. He’s been arrested in the past year on charges of battery, resisting an officer with violence and drugs.