NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The NYPD has released surveillance video of a Hamilton Heights shooting that left two men dead.
Police said 21-year-old Kenny Jimenez and 29-year-old Francisco Mercedez were gunned down just before 3 a.m. Sunday in front of a deli at Broadway and 151st Street.
Surveillance video captured the suspect walking near the scene of the shooting and then suddenly firing shots before taking off.
Police said Jimenez was shot in the neck and was pronounced dead at the scene. Mercedez was shot in the back and died at the hospital, police said.
“When they got shot, I was holding them,” friend Hector Melo told CBS 2’s Weijia Jiang. “They died in my hands. It was crazy. I’m mad at myself — I didn’t see the person.”
Melo told 1010 WINS’ Al Jones he grew up with both Mercedez and Jimenez.
“They were great people; great, talented young men,” he said. “And we want justice for both of them.”
Friend Fior Beras said she heard the gunfire.
“We were like, ‘is that shots?’ And we turned and they were both on the floor,” she said.