Police in Harlem continue to search for the suspect who shot a senior man dead during an apparent robbery attempt on Wednesday morning.
The NYPD released video and security camera images of the killer sought for the deadly stickup that occurred at around 11:19 a.m. on Sept. 20 near the corner of West 142nd Street and Lenox Avenue.
According to law enforcement sources, the crook approached 65-year-old Anthony Williams, of Lenox Avenue, at the location and forcibly removed his property.
But Williams, police said, attempted to retrieve his belongings, leading to a physical struggle with the thief. Seconds later, authorities reported, the suspect pulled out a gun and opened fire, striking Williams in the chest.
Cops said the crook then ran inside a nearby black Nissan Maxima that was last seen heading southbound along Lenox Avenue.
Officers from the 32nd Precinct, in responding to a 911 call about the shooting, found the wounded Williams at the location. EMS rushed him to nearby Harlem Hospital, where he died a short time later.
EMS rushed him to nearby Harlem Hospital in critical condition; he later succumbed to his injuries. Police have withheld his identity, pending family notification.
Through Sept. 17, the 32nd Precinct reported seven homicides so far in 2023, up by one from the same period last year, according to the most recent CompStat report. Shooting incidents, however, are down in the command by 12.5% this year, from 24 last year to 21 in 2023.
As for Wednesday’s homicide, police described the gunman as a man with a slim build who wore a gray Nike hooded sweatshirt, a black face mask, black jeans and black sneakers. He’s shown on camera inside a nearby bodega.
Anyone with information regarding the murder 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.
This story was updated on Sept. 21 at 8:50 a.m.