NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A 23-year-old employee was shot to death and another man was wounded last night at a tobacco shop in the Bronx.

Police said the shooting happened around 11:15 p.m. inside the King of New York tobacco shop on East 167th Street near Sheridan Avenue in the Concourse section.

When officers arrived on the scene, they found a 32-year-old man with a gunshot wound to his leg. Upon further investigation, they discovered the 23-year-old worker dead inside the shop.

Police said he was shot in the head.

“I know him. He’s a great man, he was a hardworking man, he was working for his family. I don’t know what happened that got him to this point,” shop owner J.J. Ali said.

“He’s a very lovable person. He takes care of his family, he loves everybody in the neighborhood,” said friend Santiago Shulterbrandt. “He was very loved and respected in the neighborhood.”

The wounded man was rushed to Lincoln Medical Center in stable condition.

As for the gunman, police have not released a description of who they’re searching for. Investigators believe this was a robbery attempt gone wrong.


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