Bronx man shot to death while seated in friend’s car outside church: NYPD

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Detectives are looking for the shooter who killed a man as he sat in his friend’s car outside a church in the Bronx early Sunday morning.

Police said the deadly ambush happened at about 2:28 a.m. on July 25 in front of the Grace Gospel Church at 589 East 164th St. in Morrisania.

Based on a preliminary investigation, police learned that Anthony Rios, 38, of Bryant Avenue in the Bronx was attacked as he sat in the passenger’s seat of his friend’s Honda. 

Cops said the unidentified shooter walked up to the vehicle and began firing, striking Rios in the head. 

Moments later, authorities noted, Rios was rushed by private means to Lincoln Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. 

Officers from the 42nd Precinct responded to a 911 call about the shooting. So far, police have yet to determine a possible motive for the shooting, or a description of the suspect.

No arrests have been made in the ongoing investigation, law enforcement sources said.

Anyone with information regarding the shooting or the suspect’s whereabouts can call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (for Spanish, dial 888-57-PISTA). You can also submit tips online at nypdcrimestoppers.com, or on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls and messages are kept confidential.

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