A man from Cheektowaga convicted of the murder of a store clerk; attempt to kill a policeman

Travis Zukic shot 23-year-old Hannah Morse in March 2020 while working at a 7-Eleven store on French Road in Cheektowaga.

BUFFALO, NY – A man from Cheektowaga will spend up to 25 years behind bars for the shooting death of a store worker and the attempt to kill the policeman who answered the call.

Erie County Court Judge James Bargnesi sentenced Travis Zukic, 29, on Wednesday morning. Zukic walked into 7-Eleven on French Rd. In Cheektowaga on the morning of March 1, 2020 and gunned down Hannah Morse, a 23-year-old saleswoman.

The Erie County District Attorney’s Office said that minutes later, Zukic intentionally shot the Cheektowaga police officer answering the call. The officer was not injured and took Zukic into custody. Morse was rushed to the ECMC where she died shortly after.

Investigators believe it was a random attack and that Zukic and Morse did not know each other. Two other employees were in the store at the time of the shooting.

In August, Zukic pleaded guilty to one count of second degree murder and one count of attempted first degree murder.

“This is one of the most senseless and horrific crimes that has been prosecuted by this office since I became a district attorney,” Erie County District Attorney John Flynn said. “This defendant randomly targeted these women while they were at work and forced them at gunpoint in a back room where he decided to assassinate Hannah Morse as his two colleagues watched with horror.”

“Hannah was chasing her dreams and working at this convenience store to pay her school fees when this defendant decided to end her young life. The two surviving victims will be forever traumatized by what they witnessed on that tragic day. hopes that Hannah Morse’s family believe that justice has been served by this defendant sentenced to potentially life imprisonment. “