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Monday, November 26, 2012

Fresh view of life after nearly becoming victim of serial killer

A Brooklyn shopkeeper has a fresh appreciation for life after nearly becoming another victim of the “Son of Sal” serial killer.

“I feel good — very good,” Brooklyn shoe store owner Jacob Hamula told the Daily News in his first expansive remarks since almost ending up in the sights of the .22-caliber killer.

“I want my life and I want to continue and I want to be happy.”

Accused killer Salvatore Perrone twice visited Hamula’s Crown Shoes on Coney Island Ave., police sources said.

On the second visit, on Nov. 14, Perrone came around closing time — the same time he’s suspected of killing three Brooklyn shopkeepers.

He was carrying his signature duffel bag, sources said, only to be scared off by a customer.

The bag was later found to contain the sawed-off rifle used in all three murders from July to November, cops said.

Two days after visiting Hamula, police say, Perrone gunned down his third and last victim, Flatbush shopkeeper Rahmatollah Vahidipour, 78.

Hamula knew he was marked for death when he recognized Perrone on the now-famous surveillance footage of him taken on the night of Vahidipour’s death.

“Thank God nothing happened,” Hamula said of his brush with the creep, which still has him rattled. “I want to continue my life like it used to be.”

Perrone was charged Wednesday after being recognized in a Bay Ridge pharmacy.

Neighbors on Staten Island didn’t consider Perrone dangerous but had long dubbed him “Son of Sal” for being a constant annoyance.

Sources say Perrone confessed to slaying shopkeepers Mohammed Gebeli, 65, in Bay Ridge, and Isaac Kadare, 59 in Bensonhurst, but not to killing Vahidipour.


By Jennifer H. Cunningham AND Barry Paddock / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

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