A 27-year-old man is clinging to life after being shot four times as he sat in his car on a Brooklyn street early Sunday morning, police officials said.
As of Monday morning, police say he was still holding on in critical condition at Kings County Hospital.
Police say officers from the 67th Precinct responded to a call in from 911 of shots fired at 6:17 a.m. on March 29 in front of a location on East 95th Street near Rutland Road in East Flatbush, Brooklyn.
Upon arrival, officers found the victim sitting in a charcoal grey luxury vehicle, with four gunshot wounds to the body.
He was rushed to Kings County Hospital where he is in critical condition, police say. His injuries are life-threatening.
Detectives, clad in surgical masks because of the coronavirus outbreak, were scouring the scene where they found spent shells outside the car. The shots were apparently fired from close range; several shots were visible through the windshield. Other spent shells were found on the hood of the car.
An NYPD Detective investigates a shooting on Rutland Road and East 95 Street. on Sunday. (Photo by Lloyd Mitchell)
Police say they are looking for a suspect, described as a black man wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt, who fled in an unknown direction. Officers were looking at video from nearby stores and homes for clues to identify the gunman.
Residents of the block were incredulous that people were still shooting at each other in this coronavirus crisis.
One resident, Loretta King, said the shooting was shocking.
“These people are shooting at people when they should be social distancing,” King said. “This should not be happening. America is Number 1. Tell the people to wake up and stop shooting each other.”
Investigators are looking into whether this is gang-related, as there has been a spat of gang-related shootings in recent weeks.
Hours before on Saturday night, a man was shot in the leg at about 10 p.m. at 930 Classon Ave. at Lexington Avenue in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. He was taken to Kings County Hospital and was reported in stable condition.
The suspect was described as a black male with a beard, wearing a black jacket with a fur hood and white sneakers.
Anyone with information in regard 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 (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM, on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls are strictly confidential.