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Suspect identified in fatal shooting of auto shop owner

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Authorities asked the public for help Thursday in finding a man suspected of gunning down his ex-boss last week at the Point Loma auto-repair shop the victim owned and operated.

Nicolas Rosales, 47, a former employee of Joe's Auto Repair on Rosecrans Street, allegedly shot 63-year-old Jalal "Joe" Abou to death at the garage about about 7:30 a.m. April 19, according to San Diego police.

Officers responding to reports of gunfire arrived to find Abou lying in a parking lot at the business with several good Samaritans performing CPR on him. Paramedics took over the lifesaving attempt before pronouncing the Rancho San Diego resident dead at the scene.

Witnesses saw a man parked near the shop in a dark-green sedan with primer spots on it before the shooting and driving away after the gunshots rang out, SDPD Lt. Kevin Rooney said.

This afternoon, detectives obtained an arrest warrant charging Rosales with murder in the death of Abou, a native of Iraq and father of three. The lieutenant declined to disclose what led investigators to identify the victim's former employee as the suspected killer.

Rosales may be driving a green 1997 Honda Accord, California license No. 5YRJ935, or a white 2000 Ford Explorer, California license No. 6NZN776, according to police. The suspect, a 5-foot-4-inch, roughly 180-pound Latino, should be considered armed and dangerous, Rooney said.

Anyone with information on Rosales' whereabouts is urged to call San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. Tipsters may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

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