A 26-year-old man was shot dead in the Bronx Monday afternoon and was found by police in a car not far from a number of schools.
Police say they responded to a 911 call of a man shot near the corner of Union Avenue and East 168th Street at around 2:21 p.m. on Jan. 30. Upon arrival, officers discovered the victim sitting in the passenger seat of a Honda CRV with a gunshot wound to the abdomen.
EMS pronounced the victim dead on the scene.
Further investigation determined that the man was shot near East 163 Street and Reverend James Polite Avenue and was driven four minutes to 1180 Union Ave., where he was found by police. It is not immediately clear whether or not the victim drove himself to where he was found.
There have been no arrests and the investigation remains ongoing. The incident has been deemed a homicide.
The victim’s identity is being withheld pending family notification.
Shooting incidents are up 50 percent year-to-date in the Bronx’s 41st Precinct, where Monday’s incident occurred, according to Police Department data. As of Jan. 22, when the most recent information is available, there were three reported shootings in the area year-to-date — up from two during the same time frame last year. However, there were no reported murders in the timespan.
There are at least four schools within a four-block radius of where the victim was found Monday afternoon, including Urban Scholars Community School, NYC Autism Charter School Bronx, X479 Bronx Career and College Preparatory High School and X248 The Metropolitan High School.