NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Police are looking for answers after two people were found shot dead inside a car in the Bronx early Wednesday morning.
Police received a 911 call of a person shot in front of 3328 Perry Avenue shortly after midnight Wednesday.
When officers arrived, they found a man and woman unconscious and unresponsive in the car, police said.
Both victims were shot twice in the head. The victims were taken to local hospitals where they died.
Police said two men were seen on surveillance camera after the shooting fleeing the car as it went out of control, side-swiping parked vehicles on Perry Avenue, 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reported.
Police identified the victims as 30-year-old Jason Rivera and his niece, 20-year-old Jennifer Rivera — both of the Bronx.
Jason Rivera was a known drug dealer with multiple arrests, 1010 WINS reported.
Police said he had 13 arrests on his record, including shooting his brother. Most recently, he spent four and a half years in prison for drug possession, D’Auria reported.
Family members said Jennifer Rivera had gone out with her uncle to go to the store and was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
“She wasn’t aware of anything,” said Leora Estrada, who identifies herself Jennifer’s second mother. “He wouldn’t ever put his niece into no danger.”
Estrada said the the young woman was in college, studying to become a paralegal.
“All she did was come home, take care of her mother and her brothers and sisters, go to school,” Estrada said. “She wasn’t in the street.”
Estrada said life in prison would be too good for the killers.
“What kind of penalty can you pay for taking a life of a young man, a father of six kids, and a beautiful young girl who is innocent to the world,” Estrada said.
No arrests have been made.
The investigation is ongoing.