NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police are looking for two men in connection with a shooting in Brooklyn that left one man dead and two others, including a teenage girl, hurt.
The men were both seen on surveillance video not far from the shooting scene where 53-year-old Michael Matusiak was killed Tuesday, police said.
“Everybody’s in shock right now,” Matusiak’s friend Anthony Cabrera said. “Nobody can believe it’s true.”
Police said it began with a trio of car burglars breaking into vehicles in Bushwick on Tuesday morning.
Just before 8 a.m., Matusiak spotted them and tried to chase them down as they ransacked a white minivan outside of the ABNY sheet metal shop on Grattan Street and Knickerbocker Avenue, where he worked, police said.
“They were going car to car,” company owner Eli Benyamin told CBS2’s Janelle Burrell. “Two of my guys — one of them was Mike — they followed them over there.”
The thieves opened fire. Matuisak was hit in the torso and killed, police said.
“He was shaking,” said a co-worker who did not want to be identified. “I got on my knees, I held his hand, he kept shaking and then he stopped shaking. That was it.”
Derrick Robinson, 56, Matusiak’s co-worker, suffered graze wounds to his torso and ear. A stray bullet also grazed the hip of a 13-year-old girl walking to school.
Robinson said they pursued the men, but once they got around this corner it seemed the thieves were waiting for them.
“We try to pursue the guys and say, ‘What do you break into people’s car for?'” Robinson told CBS2’s Diane Macedo. “By the time we opened our mouth and said that, they took out a gun and started firing like crazy.”
Robinson said he’s confident police will catch the men responsible and hopes they spend the rest of their lives in prison.
Meanwhile, mourners were leaving items at a makeshift memorial at the spot where Matusiak, a grandfather, was gunned down on just his second day on the job.
“I know the guy for 15 years, very sad. Very nice guy,” Benyamin said. “Everybody’s traumatized. I really hope they’re going to catch them.”
Police released surveillance images of two of the three men they want to talk to in connection with the shooting.
Police have not identified the teenage girl who was wounded, but said she’s expected to be OK.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477), visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or text tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.