Cops: Gunman Opens Fire On Bronx Street As Children Skip Down Sidewalk
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Police are searching for a suspect who they said opened fire on a Bronx street, shooting one man in the chest as children playfully skipped down the sidewalk.
The entire incident was captured on surveillance video. It happened just after 8 p.m. on Nov. 16 on Laconia Avenue in the Edenwald section.
In the video, the suspect can be seen running up to a man standing on the sidewalk. He pulls out a gun and fires, shooting the 27-year-old man once in the chest, police said.
At the time of the shooting, two young children can be seen in the video skipping together down the sidewalk.
In the video, the suspect then appears to fire a few more shots before fleeing, sending others on the sidewalk running for their lives.
The shooting left neighborhood residents on edge. They said that reports of gunfire are not uncommon in the area but that the street was a little more empty than usual.
“It’s usually populated a whole lot before that happened,” Shannon Holmes told CBS 2′s Alice Gainer,”You see nobody now.”
“It’s disturbing because it could have been my kid, it could have been me,” another person said.
The victim was taken to Jacobi Hospital in stable condition.
The suspect is described as a black man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black pants and red sneakers, police said.
Authorities have been looking at all of the cameras in the neighborhood to try to get a better look at the shooter. Neighbors hoped that the shooting would not leave children traumatized
“That’s not good. That’s not good to have that violence erupt in front of kids like that,” one resident said.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visit Crimestoppers.com or text tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.
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