Police are seeking the culprit in a deadly East Harlem shooting.
Gunshots were heard just before midnight Saturday near 116th Street and Lexington Avenue.
A robbery developed into a shooting just after 11 p.m. at the recently opened Essex Convenience Smoke Shop at 118 E. 116th Street in East Harlem.
A 34-year-old store clerk was shot in the groin while trying to stop the gunman, and a 22-year-old customer was pistol-whipped.
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Authorities say a 55-year-old guy was shot in the leg and body. He was transported to a neighboring hospital and pronounced dead. Neighbors detailed what they saw and how the violence has affected their town.
“It’s concerning that I had to come downstairs and usher my grandchildren and their mother into their apartment to ensure their safety.” It’s alarming. “This is a good neighborhood with many good people,” said Peggy Morales, New York City Democratic District Leader.
Police have not revealed the victim’s identity. The shooting’s motivation is being probed.
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