East Harlem shooting leaves man dead, police searching for suspects

East Harlem shooting
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Detectives in East Harlem are investigating a deadly shooting on Wednesday morning that claimed a man’s life.

Law enforcement sources said the murder happened at about 1:49 a.m. on May 17 outside a flower shop and apartment building at 232 East 116th St.

Officers from the 25th Precinct, in responding to a 911 call about the shooting, found the victim, a 26-year-old man, with a bullet wound to his chest.

EMS rushed him to Harlem Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later. Police have withheld his identity, pending family notification.

Authorities have yet to ascertain a possible motive for the shooting, sources familiar with the case said. So far, no arrests have been made in the ongoing investigation, authorities said.

According to the Citizen app, police were said to be searching for a suspect described as a man in black clothing who fled southbound along 3rd Avenue. Police, however, could not confirm that information.

Anyone with information the homicide can call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (for Spanish, dial 888-57-PISTA). You can also submit tips online at crimestoppers.nypdonline.org, or on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls and messages are kept confidential.

Through May 14, according to CompStat, the 25th Precinct had reported 14 shooting incidents with 15 victims year-to-date, a slight increase from the 13 shootings and 14 victims reported during the same period in 2022. Overall crime in the command has dropped 18.96% so far in 2023.