Suspect ID'd in Mechanic's Death

By R. Stickney and Tony Shin
|  Friday, Apr 29, 2011  |  Updated 6:10 AM PDT
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Investigators have identified a suspect in the killing of Joe Abou, anautoshop owner who was shot outside his Point Loma business. Family members say the man suspected in the shooting was recently fired.

Investigators have identified a suspect in the killing of Joe Abou, anautoshop owner who was shot outside his Point Loma business. Family members say the man suspected in the shooting was recently fired.

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Investigators have identified the suspect in the death of a Point Loma mechanic, found lying in the driveway of his business last week.

San Diego Police Department Homicide Unit detectives are looking for a former employee of Jalal "Joe" Abou, owner of Joe's Auto Repair.

Abou, 63, was shot several times outside the shop at 1930 Rosecrans St. at about 7:25 a.m. last Tuesday. Despite attempts by passersby, Abou died at the scene, police said.

Originally from Baghdad, Abou was married and had a son and two daughters. He moved to San Diego from Iraq in 1974 and then opened his own business about ten years ago.

The gunman got away.

Now, investigators say witness accounts have led them to suspect Nicolas Rosales, 47, a former employee at the shop as the person involved in the shooting.

"He destroyed the whole family,"said the victim's wife Amira.

She told NBCSanDiego that her family had been suspicious of Rosales because he had a possible motive for the murder.

Amira said Rosales worked for her husband for several months, but he was a bad mechanic so he was fired.

"He couldn't get another job anywhere and he was angry and he was mad at my husband and he wants revenge,"said Amira.

Detectives have obtained an arrest warrant for Rosales and ask the public's help in locating him and/or one of his vehicles.

Police said Rosales owns a dark green 1997 Honda Accord with gray primer spots, CA license 5YRJ935 and a white 2000 Ford Explorer, CA license 6NZN776.

Anyone with information is encourage to call Crime Stoppers (888) 580-8477.

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