NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A talented student and rising basketball star was shot and killed Saturday night in the Bronx as police believe it may have been a case of mistaken identity.
CBS2’s Steve Langford reports neighbors reported hearing a struggle and then gunshots around 11:30 p.m. in the Mount Eden section of the Bronx.
Joseph Jimenez, 19, was shot in the head and killed just a block from his family’s apartment as he walked home from girlfriend’s home, 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reported.
“And now everything died, everything. Joseph died, my sister,” said Elisabeth Ortiz, the victim’s aunt.
Investigators suggest Jimenez may not have been the intended target. Outside the young man’s home there were profound expressions of grief from friends and family who were mourning a life cut short by senseless violence.
Jimenez was going to college while working. Police said he had never been in any trouble.
A 21-year-old man at the scene was shot in the leg. He was taken to the hospital with a wound that is not considered life-threatening.