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Police: Homeless man fatally stabbed outside Bronx smoke store, store employee arrested

NEW YORK — There was a lethal stabbing outside a Bronx smoke store Saturday, and police say a store employee has been arrested.

It occurred on the Magic 7 Smoke Shop on West Fordham Road in University Heights.

Police say the store supervisor was carrying some containers inside round midday when he ran into 59-year-old Kenneth Fair, who was strolling alongside the sidewalk. Fair apparently thought the bump was intentional.

After an trade of phrases, Fair allegedly took a swing on the supervisor along with his cane.

From there, police say an employee who was contained in the smoke store ran out, grabbed Fair from behind and stabbed him within the neck.

Fair was taken to a neighborhood hospital, the place he was later pronounced lifeless. Police say he was experiencing homelessness.

Neighbors instructed CBS2’s Kevin Rincon that Fair was a quiet man who stored to himself and lived across the nook from the smoke store.

“He’s so nice to everybody here, so I never see him have a problem with nobody,” one lady mentioned. “He loved my son. He talked to my son all the time, too … Oh my God, I feel so bad. I feel so bad for him.”

The smoke store employee, recognized as 54-year-old Vernon Gowdy, was arrested and charged with homicide, manslaughter and felony possession of a weapon.

As police proceed their investigation, Francisco Marte, the top of the Bodega and Small Business Association, says latest assaults on employees have left many on edge.

“This is another self-defense … He assaulted them. They said sorry,” Marte mentioned. “It happened so quick that he end up in a tragedy.”

According to police, each Fair and Gowdy have felony data.

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