A 21-year-old man narrowly escaped injury after a gunman fired off several gunshot rounds in Bay Ridge on Tuesday afternoon.
The unidentified gunman, accompanied by another unknown individual, allegedly got into a verbal dispute with the victim on Fifth Avenue at the intersection of 87th Street before discharging several shots from his firearm.
When all the shots missed the victim, the pair fled into a gray sedan towards Fourth Avenue around 1 pm.
The local councilman reported on social media that the perpetrator and the victim knew each other, but nonetheless there needed to be less illegal guns on the streets in his district.
“Shots were fired in broad daylight today in my district. By the grace of God, no one was hurt,” Tweeted Councilman Justin Brannan, who represents Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst, and Dyker Heights. “This crime wasn’t random (the intended victim and the perp knew each other) but that really doesn’t matter. It is still horrifying, brazen, and unacceptable.”
NYPD is in search of the shooter and his accomplice and is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the two individuals.
So far this year, Brooklyn has seen 450 victims of gun violence, while the 68th Police Precinct, where Tuesday’s shooting occurred, has not seen a single gunshot victim between Jan. 1 and Sept. 12, when the most recent data is available.
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 https://crimestoppers.nypdonline.org/ or on Twitter @NYPDTips.