Suspect in 2015 Akron Pizza Shop murder identified as Shaquille Anderson

Posted at 10:16 AM, Jul 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-20 17:39:49-04

A man already in prison for a series of robberies has now been charged with the murder of 21-year-old Zak Husein who was shot inside his family's pizza shop in in Akron.

According to the Akron Police Department, Shaquille Anderson, 23, has been charged with aggravated murder, aggravated robbery and felonious assault. 

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On December 7, 2015, Anderson entered Premium New York Style Pizza in Akron and demanded money, according to police.

An arrest warrant alleges Anderson shot Husein after money was rendered. Husein later died from his wounds.

Records state that Anderson "cased the business with an unnamed accomplice." 

The pizza shop is owned by Husein's brother, Ammar, who witnessed part of the crime. 

Ammar attended a news conference on Thursday morning. He said if Zak was still alive, he would forgive the gunman.

However, Ammar also added a strongly-worded message when asked how he would characterize someone who could commit a crime like this.

"A coward. It doesn't take a lot of strength to pull a trigger," Ammar said. "It hurts more to be locked up, so ultimately it was a cowardly move. He was shaking. He was scared."

Anderson is currently being held at the Mansfield Correctional Institution. He was already serving an 18-21 year sentence for his involvement in eight other robberies at the following locations: 

  • Metro PCS on Copley Road in Akron (7/9/2016)
  • LoanMax on East Tallmadge Avenue in Akron (7/27/2016)
  • Circle K on Kenmore Blvd in Akron (8/10/2016)
  • Gerald G. Jones on Springdale Street in Akron (8/11/2016)
  • David E. Fazenbaker on Springdale Street in Akron (8/11/2016)
  • Boost Mobile on East Avenue in Akron (8/15/2016)
  • Family Dollar on East Tallmadge Avenue in Akron (8/16/2016)
  • Dollar General on Wooster Road N in Barberton (8/16/2016)