Suspect arrested in ‘targeted’ murder of central Austin businessman

Sidney Parker (Austin Police Department Photo)
Sidney Parker (Austin Police Department Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Police have arrested Sidney Parker, 40, and charged him with the murder of a central Austin businessman and attempted murder of a female employee.

Officers were called to AAA Fire & Safety at 6700 Guadalupe St. — near Airport Boulevard — around 7:48 p.m. on Wednesday, finding Majid Hemmasi, 59, with multiple gunshot wounds in the front parking lot.

According to an arrest affidavit, the employee told police that Parker said nothing and made no demands and just began firing at them.

Attempts to save Hemmasi’s life were unsuccessful, and he was pronounced dead at 8:07 p.m. The employee was able to escape inside the building. She is expected to survive.

According to the affidavit, the shooting was preempted by a disturbance at the business on July 21.

Employees told police that Parker came into AAA Fire & Safety that evening, causing a disturbance hours after the store closed. The altercation alarmed the victim so much, that he wrote a note with the date and time of the incident and the suspect’s license plate information.

After the shooting, officers were able to use that license plate information to track Parker to a home in Pflugerville.

He is being held on a combined $1.5 million bond.

Detectives are asking anyone with any information regarding this incident to call the Homicide Tip Line at 512-477-3588 or Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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