The hammer-wielding madman who fatally bashed a chef at a Chinese restaurant in Brooklyn has been identified as a 34-year-old Brighton Beach man with no criminal record, law enforcement sources told The Post Wednesday.
The suspect, Arthur Martunovich, lives roughly a half-mile away from Sheepshead Bay’s waterfront Seaport Buffet – where he allegedly carried out the horrific Tuesday evening attack, the sources said.
Police say the man stormed into the Emmons Avenue eatery at around 5:12 p.m. and randomly whacked the owner, 60, in the head with a hammer before horrified customers.
Then, he went to the kitchen where he allegedly struck the restaurant’s 50-year-old manager in the head with the tool before fatally bludgeoning 34-year-old chef Fufai Pun, also in the head, cops said.
The suspect fled the restaurant, but did not get far before he was captured by police.
When police responded to the scene, a bystander approached one officer and pointed to another man, shouting, “He did it! That’s the guy,” according to sources.
Charges against the suspect were pending.
Authorities recovered a bloodied hammer inside the restaurant near the entrance, cops said.
The injured owner was found lying on the floor near the restaurant’s front door, the manager was discovered in the back of the kitchen, and the mortally wounded chef was lying outside the kitchen, sources said.
Emergency responders rushed all three victims to NYU Langone Hospital where Pun was pronounced dead.
The other two victims were critically wounded in the attack and remain hospitalized.
A neighbor of Pun, who also lived about a half-mile from the Seaport Buffet, called him “a very nice man” on Wednesday.
“He is younger, so I was so sad to hear the news,” the neighbor, who would only identify herself as Mei, 43, said. “I don’t know why, what happened, why this happened. It’s so sad.”
Additional reporting by Stephanie Pagones and Allie Griffin
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