The 35-year-old man gunned down as he sat inside a car on E. 98th Street was the victim of a drive-by shooting, say police of the Aug. 7 killing — the second murder to take place in the leafy residential neighborhood in two weeks.
Investigators said the victim, East Flatbush resident Lincoln Mitchell, was shot as he sat behind the wheel of a 2003 BMW parked near Avenue J just after 10 pm by someone who drove up on a motorcycle.
When cops found him, he was slumped over the steering wheel and still alive. He died of his injuries a short time later at Brookdale Hospital.
He was found alone, but police believe a woman was in the car with Mitchell right before he died.
His killer sprayed the BMW with bullets as he zipped by.
“We know a guy on a motorcycle drove up on him,” explained Lt. Michael Piscuchi of the 69th Precinct detective squad.
Just before his death, Mitchell was staying at a girlfriend’s house in Canarsie, but it was unclear if she was the woman in the car right before the attack.
According to police records, Mitchell had been arrested several times on drugs and weapons possession charges. He had also been implicated in a shooting five years ago in Brownsville.
His death continues a troubling trend which started on July 29 when 60-year-old plumber Stevenson Blackett was found shot dead in the basement of his home on E. 86th Street between Avenue K and Church Lane — the apparent victim of a home invasion.
Cops have yet to make an arrest on the Blackett case. A $12,000 reward is currently being offered for information that leads to the arrest of the killer.
Anyone with information about either murder is asked to contact the NYPD CrimeStoppers hotline at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.