Shaker Square restaurant owner wants to find the suspect who shot him

SHAKER SQUARE, OH (WOIO) - Akin Alafin Affrica, owner of Zanzibar Restaurant, wants to find the suspect who shot him.

"He came in to rob the restaurant, I ran. He shot me. There was no reason," said Affrica.

Cleveland Police say the shooting happened at the restaurant on Shaker Square June 15.  Detectives believe it was an attempted robbery.

Affrica said the gunman was masked and waiting for him to come out the back door that night.

"I immediately ran and he shot me in my legs for sure. I'm paralyzed in one leg from the knee down but I still have an opportunity to gain movement back over the year," he said.

He's taking this time to heal and says his staff is running the restaurant. But he worries his shooter is still out there.

There's surveillance video but Affrica's attorney says Cleveland Police are not releasing it to the public.

So Affrica is spreading the word in order to catch his shooter.

"It's been two months and that's why we upped the reward up to $10,000 to do what we can to find this guy," he said.

Affrica is bankrolling $7500 of that Crime Stoppers reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.

Tipsters remain anonymous.

"I'm alive. I'm going through some trials and tribulations but things are okay. Let's get this guy and make an example of him and anyone else that comes to sabotage our communities like him," he said.

You can call Crime Stoppers at 216.25Crime (252-7463) or email an anonymous tip here.

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