Flatlands man gunned down in drive-by shooting

Flatlands man gunned down in drive-by shooting

Cops are searching for the fiend who shot and killed 21-year-old Anthony Francis on E. 31st Street in Flatlands on Sept. 2.

The brute pulled up in a black two-door Dodge Challenger with black rims and fired several shots at Francis as he sat in his car between Avenues J and I a little before 7:30 pm, officials said. A woman was with Francis in his car but escaped uninjured, police said.

Emergency responders took Francis to Community Hospital where doctors pronounced him dead, police said. Francis lived on E. 82nd Street between Glenwood Road and Flatlands Avenue in Canarsie, according to authorities. The shooter fled in an unknown direction and the investigation is ongoing, officials said. Police have made no arrests.

Police are asking anyone with information regarding the incident to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577–8477 or for Spanish, (888) 57–PISTA (74782). The public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.