Shoot­ing vic­tim was ‘a very nice gen­tle­man’: house­mate

Edmonton Journal - - CITY - JONNY WAKE­FIELD jwake­field@postmedia.com

A neigh­bour of a 76-year-old man fa­tally shot through the door of an Al­berta Av­enue room­ing house says no one had any­thing against the vic­tim.

“No­body had no rea­son to shoot him,” Paula Piche, who lived in the same house as Nexhmi (Nick) Nuhi, said Fri­day. “He was a very nice gen­tle­man. He never did any­body no harm.”

Nuhi was killed af­ter some­one fired a round Wed­nes­day through the out­side base­ment door of the house at 11119 94 St. The case has not been ruled a homi­cide.

Piche said she ran down­stairs af­ter hear­ing a gun­shot. The per­son who fired the weapon “took off,” she said. She thinks the shoot­ing was ran­dom.

“Some guy came knock­ing on the door and Nick said ‘Come back in like 20 min­utes I’m busy now,’ ” she said. “The guy out­side the door said, ‘I have nowhere to go.’ And he said, ‘I’m busy right now can you come back later?’ And the guy said, ‘No’ and he shot him.”

Nuhi lived in the base­ment with two women who “were just like his daugh­ters,” said Piche, who has lived on the main floor of the house for sev­eral years.

Nuhi mostly kept to him­self and didn’t like to leave the house, Piche said. She said he was orig­i­nally from Al­ba­nia and she be­lieved he came to Canada as an adult. As far as she knew, he was col­lect­ing an old-age pen­sion.

Ac­cord­ing to a 1991 Jour­nal ar­ti­cle, a man named Nexhmi Nuhi, 50, was one of 30 peo­ple across Canada ar­rested in what was then the largest co­caine con­spir­acy case in Al­berta his­tory. The ar­ti­cle said Nuhi was charged with con­spir­acy to traf­fic in nar­cotics, but a search of court records this week turned up no re­cent of­fences.

Nuhi was friendly and well-liked, and could of­ten be seen walk­ing his dog Princess around the neigh­bour­hood, Piche said.

An au­topsy was sched­uled for Fri­day, city po­lice said. In­ves­ti­ga­tors ap­pealed for in­for­ma­tion about the case in a news re­lease Thurs­day.

If con­firmed as a homi­cide, the case would be Edmonton’s 38th of 2017. Po­lice are not count­ing two of­fi­cer-in­volved shoot­ings and a fa­tal hit-and-run where charges were dropped in their tally.

JONNY WAKE­FIELD

Paula Piche says she knows of no one who wanted to harm Nexhmi Nuhi, who was shot and killed in their 94 Street room­ing house on Wed­nes­day.

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