NYC SHOOTINGS: Couple sought for Brooklyn bus shooting; drive-by under investigation

NYPD Rapid Response Team investigate a shooting on an MTA bus on Black Lives Matter way. (Photo by Lloyd Mitchell)

Cops need the public’s help in finding a young couple connected to the brazen daylight shooting of a 70-year-old woman as she rode a bus through Brooklyn on Tuesday.

Detectives from the 79th Precinct say at 2:28 p.m. on Nov. 17, the male and female suspects approached a 29-year-old man in front of 1456 Fulton St. Cops said the male suspect pulled out a gun and began firing multiple shots at the victim, striking him in his left leg.

But one of the shots went astray and instead struck the rear of a B25 bus heading west along Fulton Street, grazing the 70-year-old woman on the right cheek as she rode in the back of the vehicle.

After being alerted to the incident by other passengers, the B25 bus driver stopped his ride on Fulton Street near Tompkins Avenue, on the Black Lives Matter mural across the street from Restoration Plaza, and called for help.

Paramedics rushed the senior woman to Kings County Medical Center in stable condition, the bullet having come just inches from being a fatal shot, according to police.

Meanwhile, the intended target wound up being hospitalized at Interfaith Medical Center in stable condition after being transported there by private means.

Cops described the shooter as a man wearing a red, gray and black jacket. His female companion wore all black clothing.

The photo provided by police shows the suspects after the incident in the vicinity of Rochester Avenue and Dean Street. The video clips show them running on Fulton Street immediately before the incident.


In addition to this shooting, a 36-year-old man was also shot in Flatbush, Brooklyn on Wednesday night in what officers from the 67th Precinct believe was a drive-by-shooting.

The shooting occurred at 8:56 p.m. on Nov. 18 as the victim was standing in front of 4028 Clarendon Road near Albany Avenue, when a light colored sedan drove by and one of the occupants fired shots at the man.

Officers found the wounded victim on the street; he was rushed to Kings County Hospital in stable condition.

There was no further description of the suspects or motive in this case, though the shooting had the hallmarks of a gang attack, officials say.

Police are cautiously optimistic that the shootings will abate with the cooler weather, though warmer temperatures are expected this weekend and might bring more people out onto the streets.

Anyone with information in regard to either of these shootings is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit tips online at nypdcrimestoppers.com, or on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls and messages are kept confidential.