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Prosecutors: the 7-Eleven shooting appeared to be done at random

Posted at 6:02 PM, Mar 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-02 18:02:48-05

More than 24 hours after a 7-Eleven employee was fatally shot during her shift, detectives still don't have a possible motive.

"I'm just trying to wrap my head around why this happened," Erie County District Attorney John Flynn said Monday. "There doesn't appear to be a reason why this happened," he added.

According to Cheektowaga Police, 27-year-old Travis Zukic, of Cheektowaga, walked into the store shortly after 11 A.M. holding a shot gun, and allegedly shot store clerk, 23-year-old Hannah Morse. Police arrived on scene and shot at him but missed, and he surrendered moments later.

Morse was taken to ECMC where she later died.

Flynn said it doesn't appear he was robbing the store, and they haven't made any connection between Zukic and Morse. 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. His younger brother told 7 Eyewitness News his family is extremely heartbroken over the loss of the victim's life and their love, thoughts, and prayers are with her family.

"All murders are senseless. But, this is senseless with a capital "s," and I just can't wrap my head around why this happened," Flynn concluded.

The store remains closed, while police process the scene. The store will also need to repairs before it can reopen.

Zukic's being held on no bail. He's due back in court later this week.