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POLICE SEEKING MOTIVE IN BROTHERS' SHOOTING

A man shot his brother twice in the back about noon Wednesday, then shot himself twice about three hours later, police officials said today.

Both remain hospitalized today.

Mohammed Dhali, 59, of 28 Covington Drive, was in his car in front of his brother's house at 7 Kensington Ave., when his brother, Abdulla Nagi Kasam, 42, fired two shots into his back and fled, police said.

Investigators have still not determined a motive for the bizarre incident, Homicide Bureau Chief Richard T. Donovan said today.

Dhali underwent emergency surgery in Sisters Hospital and was in critical condition this afternoon.

Shortly before 3 p.m., police discovered Kasam with gunshot wounds on the sidewalk at Trinidad Place and Kensington. He was rushed to Erie County Medical Center, where he was in serious condition.

A construction worker on the Kensington Avenue bridge project told police he saw Kasam shoot himself near the railroad tracks off Trinidad. He staggered several steps and collapsed, said Cold Spring Station Officer Alan Ortiz, who investigated with Officer Charles Williams.

"We don't know what it was all about," Ortiz said. "And none of their family is saying anything to us."

Ortiz said Kasam shot himself in the right side from where the slug tore through his groin and out his left leg. The second shot was in the left side and came out the back, he said.

Dhali, who operates a grocery store at 269 Walden Ave., was scheduled to leave on a trip to Saudi Arabia today, Williams added.

Kasam is charged with first-degree assault, possession of a dangerous weapon and violation of the New York state Mental Hygiene Law, a rarely used law leveled against the suspect for injuring himself, said Donovan.

A .38-caliber semiautomatic allegedly used by Kasam to shoot his brother was recovered on the railroad tracks where he shot himers' shooting
self, Ortiz said.

Police said the brothers had been arguing for a few weeks. Kasam previously lived in an apartment at his brother's store on Walden, Ortiz said.

Edward Keleman, the construction crew foreman, said all the workers heard two shots and had clear vantage of the tracks from the bridge.

"We were all watching, we didn't see the gun in his hand," Keleman said. "He lay down on the tracks just covered with blood. We were all screaming for him to get off the tracks -- we could see he shot himself in the side."

Keleman said Kasam got up and walked from the tracks down Trinidad to Kensington where "he just lay down in pool of blood."

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