A shooting near Times Square on Thursday evening left a man dead, according to police.
While information surrounding the incident is still vague, police are reporting that a 22-year-old man was shot in the right side of his chest on West 43rd Street and 8th Avenue at about 5:37 p.m. on Feb. 9. The gunman apparently mortally wounded the victim with a single bullet wound. However, the victim attempted to flee, making it one block before collapsing near Chick-fil-A. EMS repeatedly attempted to revive the man at the scene with CPR, according to police.
A man who asked to remain anonymous told amNewYork Metro that he was on the way to workout at a gym around 6 p.m. when he spotted the man on the ground.
“I thought it was an OD because there are people doing drugs around here all the time, but a police officer told me it was not an OD,” the man said, stating that he feels empathy for the NYPD amidst the spate of shootings in the Big Apple. “He looked dead—he was lying there lifeless, and the cops or paramedics were trying to bring him back to life.”
Law enforcement sources said the unidentified man was rushed to a nearby Mount Sini West hospital where he underwent emergency surgery, but latter succumbed to his wound.
The bustling tourist hub was swarmed with police officials during the evening as they investigated and recovered a single shell casing. Police say they are combing through surveillance footage for leads. The victim was not a tourist, a source close to the investigation said.
This is a developing story; check back with amNY.com later for updates as we get them.