Police: Man Hails Cab After Being Shot On Upper West Side
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A shooting on the Upper West Side left one man seriously injured early Tuesday morning.
Video first obtained by CBS 2 shows two suspects chasing the victim into the middle of Amsterdam Avenue between 87th and 88th streets around 12:30 a.m.
Police said three shots were fired, striking the victim twice in the torso and once in the thigh, CBS 2′s Weijia Jiang reported. The attackers are then seen on the video kicking the victim when he’s down on the ground.
“I was here, it happened right there in front of the store,” said Shah Mohamed, who was working the overnight shift at the 88th Gourmet Deli when the shooting happened. “All of a sudden I heard three shots…it happened so fast, so when I watched the camera they disappeared already,”
Two minutes after the shooting, the video shows the victim walking across Amsterdam Avenue, hailing a cab and taking off to the hospital, Jiang reported.
Many residents in the neighborhood — which is perceived as one of the safest in the city — were stunned to see evidence markers and streets blocked off with crime tape for hours.
“It’s completely different, it’s usually a very relaxed environment with people going to school,” resident Heidi DuBois said. “This is not a typical day, that’s for sure.”
“For them to be firing bullets, anyone could get shot, kids. It wasn’t that late, one in the morning is still crowded with people,” resident Wayne Gonzalez said.
“it’s just scary ’cause there’s a lot of kids on the Upper West Side. To hear that there are people out and about with guns, is not comforting in your neighborhood,” another resident told CBS 2′s Janelle Burrell.
“Doesn’t surprise me at all. There’s been a lot of gang activity going on in the area,” another woman said.
Police said the victim is a 45-year-old man who has a sordid criminal history, including 21 prior arrests, Jiang reported. He is listed in stable condition at the hospital and is expected to survive.
No arrests have been made.
The investigation is ongoing.
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