NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A homicide investigation is underway after police say a man was discovered shot to death inside a vehicle in Queens early Saturday morning.
Investigators say police responded to reports of a man shot in front of 104-21 207th Street in Hollis just after 4:30 a.m.READ MORE: Campaign 2021: Polls Open For Early Voting In New York City Primaries; First With Ranked Choice Voting
When they arrived they found 39-year-old Mohale Ralekhetho, of Queens, inside a 2015 Mercedes Benz with a gunshot wound to the neck, according to police.
Medics responded and pronounced him dead at the scene.
A 33-year-old also in the vehicle was unharmed.
“Pow, pow, pow, pow — four shots,” said Thomas William, who lives a block away. “I’m frightened.”
Orin Barker told CBS2’s Marc Liverman he’s known the father of three for close to 20 years.READ MORE: NYPD: Suspects Demand Cash, Grab Jewish Man's Yarmulke In Brooklyn Robbery
“They called me early this morning to say that he got shot, somebody shot him,” he said. “Sad, sad… He was like family.”
Barker said his friend worked as an Uber driver, but the company told CBS2 that was not the case.
Ralekhetho was taking a break from shoveling show when he was shot, Liverman reported.
The Mercedes Benz was towed away and the street reopened Saturday night, after police spent nearly 12 hours on scene.
No arrests have been made as the investigation continues. So far, police have not said whether it was a random shooting or if Ralekhetho was the intended target.MORE NEWS: New York-Presbyterian To Mandate COVID-19 Vaccinations For Staff
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74682). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.