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Cheektowaga man indicted for murder of 7-Eleven employee, attempted murder of officer

Posted at 12:37 PM, Aug 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-12 12:37:22-04

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Erie County District Attorney's Office announced a Cheektowaga man has been arraigned on an indictment charging him with murder in the second degree and attempted murder in the first degree in connection with a March shooting.

28-year-old Travis J. Zukic allegedly shot and killed 23-year-old Hannah E. Morse on March 1, 2020 at the 7-Eleven on French Road in Cheektowaga. Morse was an employee at the store. Zukic also allegedly fired a shot toward a responding officer when the officer entered the store, the officer was not harmed.

In an interview in March, Erie County District Attorney John Flynn said the shooting appeared to be done at random.

"I'm just trying to wrap my head around why this happened," said Flynn. "There doesn't appear to be a reason why this happened."

In that same March interview Flynn said Zukic has a history of mental illness, and he believes that will play a role in his defense.

Zukic's family declined to comment about the case when asked for a comment in March. Although, his younger brother told 7 Eyewitness News his family was extremely heartbroken over the loss of the victim's life and their love, thoughts, and prayers were with her family.

Zukic remains held without bail and is scheduled to return September 30 for a pre-trial conference.

He faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted on all charges.