Cops seek two men in connection to Crown Heights park shooting

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Cops are looking for these two men in relation to an Aug. 9 shooting that left a bystander dead.

The NYPD is searching for two suspects wanted for questioning in connection to the killing of 53-year-old Cristopher Ross, who was shot in the head by a stray bullet while playing handball at Lincoln Terrace Park in Crown Heights on Aug. 9. 

The two men were captured on newly released surveillance footage wearing white t-shirts and black pants. 

A $10,000 reward is being offered by cops for information related to the broad daylight shooting, which claimed the life of Ross, a Crown Heights resident who friends say was an innocent bystander.

A girl walks past an NYPD wanted poster in Lincoln Terrace park on Aug. 11, advertising a reward for the shooter of a man who was killed by a stray bullet inside the park on Aug. 9.Photo by Paul Frangipane

Ross’ death marked the second shooting in Lincoln Terrace Park this summer, after a 27-year-old man was found dead on the park’s steps with gunshot wounds to the head on July 7.

The 77th precinct, where the shooting occurred, has seen a spike in shootings amid a violent summer for New York City. Shootings are up 125 percent in the precinct, according to city data, with 36 incidents to-date in 2020 compared to 16 at the same time in 2019. 

Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, on Twitter @NYPDTips or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.