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EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ Police yesterday released a description and composite sketch of the man they believe shot 42-year-old barbershop owner Yusef Aâ€™Vant to death in his Pawtucket Avenue business on Wednesday afternoon.
East Providence Police Chief Christopher J. Parella said investigators are looking for a black male believed to be in his late 30â€™s to early 40â€™s, who is approximately 5â€™11â€ť tall and weighs approximately 180 pounds. He was wearing a camouflage jacket at the time of the shooting
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the East Providence Police Detective Division at (401) 435-7600.
Meanwhile, police are continuing their investigation of Wednesdayâ€™s murder, the first the city has seen in two years.
Parella has declined comment on a possible motive, but has stated that Aâ€™Vant was targeted by the shooter.
Aâ€™Vant was shot inside his Krazy Kuts barbershop at 2400 Pawtucket Avenue shortly after 2 p.m., and was taken to Rhode Island Hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to East Providence Police.
Aâ€™Vant was reportedly cutting the hair of a customer when the shooter entered the shop and opened fire. The customer ran out to a nearby auto repair shop and told the owner that Aâ€™Vant had been shot.
Parella confirmed that the shooting occurred inside the building, but would not comment on reports that Aâ€™Vantâ€™s possible assailant drove up to the business in a black sedan with tinted windows.
Parella said East Providence detectives working the case were making progress on collecting information about Aâ€™Vantâ€™s possible killers, but he could not provide more information on the investigation.
A 1991 graduate of John F. Kennedy High School in the Bronx, N.Y., Aâ€™Vant studied at Community College of Rhode Island. He owned the barbershop for about 10 years and lived with his mother next door to the shop.
On A'Vantâ€™s Facebook page, friends were expressing their shock and disbelief.
â€śTruly a shame what happened to my good friend,â€ť says one post. â€śMy heart hurts for your family. Yusef A'Vant may you rest in paradise brother.â€ť
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