Upper West Side shooting suspect sought for grazing man in ear

surveillance photos of a man wearing black pants and no shirt wanted for a shooting Upper West Side, Manhattan
Photo of the suspect wanted for felony assault on the Upper West Side.

Detectives on Manhattan’s Upper West Side are looking for the shooting suspect who allegedly opened fire on a 56-year-old man earlier this month, grazing him in the ear.

According to police, the victim was involved in a verbal dispute with the suspect on Saturday, June 1, at approximately 9:45 a.m.

The NYPD could not confirm what led to the argument, but the altercation escalated when the suspect whipped out a gun and fired a shot toward the victim, law enforcement sources said.

The suspect fled on foot moments before officers from the 26th Precinct arrived on the scene.

Law enforcement sources said the victim suffered a wound to his left ear as a result of the shooting. EMS rushed him to Mount Sinai Morningside Hospital, where he was treated for his injury. 

On June 11, the NYPD released surveillance photos of the suspect. Police describe him as a man with a medium complexion and slim build, standing approximately 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighing about 165 pounds. He was last seen wearing black jeans and white sneakers. 

Anyone with information regarding the incident 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 X (formerly Twitter) @NYPDTips. All calls and messages are kept confidential.