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Charges pending in Sept. 4 shooting of Zoe's restaurant owner

Charges are pending in the Sept. 4 shooting of the owner of Zoe’s restaurant in Clarence, New York State Police have confirmed.

A spokesman for State Police, Trooper James O'Callahan, released a brief statement that did not reveal  the  name of the suspect or whether or not a suspect was in custody:

"Regarding the Zoe restaurant shooting from Sept. 4, 2016, in the Town of Clarence, we are in the process of filing charges on a male suspect in the very near future."

Alexander J. Pozantidis, 44, was shot twice in the arm outside the popular family eatery he owns at 5711 Transit Road in Clarence.  One of the shots struck him near his rib cage.

Pozantidis had just closed up his restaurant, and was walking to the parking lot with a briefcase filled with cash from the day’s business when he was approached by the gunman, according to police.

The gunman demanded the briefcase and Pozantidis complied, after which the gunman fired two shots and fled with the money.

At the time of the shooting, Pozantidis’ wife was in the parking lot waiting for her husband when she heard the shots, ran to him, found him wounded and went into the restaurant to call 911 for help.

Pozantidis was taken to Erie County Medical Center with injuries that were not considered life-threatening at the time.

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