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Hamburg police detectives investigating the Toys R Us killing are awaiting the results of DNA testing on a baseball cap sent to the FBI lab in Quantico, Va., they told The Buffalo News on Monday.

The hat, which was found at the scene, had enough DNA to test. Copies of the store video were also sent to the FBI lab.

The identity of the suspect captured on the surveillance tape is “not immediately apparent,” the department said in an update.

Detectives are in the process of prioritizing leads and methodically structuring a criminal case.

“The outpouring of information from the public has been great,” the department said in a Facebook post. “We will continue to evaluate every lead … and will dedicate all available resources to this case.”

Police have released grainy surveillance photos of an intruder inside the Hamburg Toys R Us store in hopes that the public can help identify the suspect.

The unidentified man – wearing a black and gold baseball cap and sweatpants with writing down the left leg – is the suspect in Saturday’s fatal attack on Laurence Wells, 35, of Blasdell, an assistant store manager at the Toys R Us at McKinley Parkway and Milestrip Road.

Wells was found seriously injured inside a store office Saturday morning before opening. Wells – who suffered wounds to his shoulder and lower abdomen from some type of sharp instrument – was taken to Mercy Hospital, where he died, said Capt. Kevin Trask, a spokesman for the Hamburg Police Department.

Anyone with information is asked to call police dispatch at 648-5111 or Detective Scott Kashino at 648-5118, Ext. 2672.

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