COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Surrounded by family, Amal Mohamed grieves her husband.
“I’m not doing well,” she said in a soft spoken tone.
On Friday evening, Mohamed and her family ate dinner at the Golden Corral, near OH-161 and Sawmill Road.
As they were leaving the restaurant, police said a gunman attempted to rob Shueyb Abukar, her husband.
Abukar was shot several times, in front of the couple’s six children. He later died at the hospital.
“Shueyb was a very nice, sweet, trustworthy man,” Mohamed recalled. “He cared about his family. He was doing everything for us, me, my kids and everyone around him.”
Abukar and Mohamed met ten years ago, in New York City. In 2008, they moved to Ohio.
Abukar leaves behind three sons and three daughters.
“My son couldn’t sleep last night,” Mohamed said. “He was waking up asking ‘where is daddy? Is he still in the hospital? Is he coming?'”
Police said Abukar appears to have been a random target and Mohamed said she did not recognize the gunman.
Still, she is praying for justice.
“This person, he destroyed my life and my kids,” she said. “I have six kids to raise by myself and they’re at a young age that they need their dad, all those teenage years that they need support. What am I going to do by myself, with them? They need that role model as a dad and he took it away.”
Police are searching for the gunman who is described as a black man, wearing a red Ohio State hoodie and red pajama pants. His getaway driver was inside an older tan sedan.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Columbus police at 614-645-4730 or Crimestoppers at 614-645-TIPS.