PROBE E. 103rd ST. DOUBLE SHOOTING
By Charles Rogers
Police from the NYPD Robbery Task Force and officials from the 69th Precinct Detective Squad are looking for a lone gunman who shot two Canarsie residents early Tuesday while robbing them on East 103rd Street near Avenue L. Although both victims were wounded, one fled and the other saved himself by pretending to be dead. Police would not reveal the names of the victims, but said one is 23 and the other is 28.
Both men later told police they were walking a female friend to her house on East 103rd Street and Avenue N from their home on Flatlands Avenue at about 4 a.m. on July 3. They said goodnight to the 19-year-old and were just beginning to walk home when they heard someone walking behind them. They turned around, police said, and saw a man in a black hoody pointing a gun at them.
"Yo! What's up, son," the man said, and then began firing at them. The 23-year-old was hit in the right forearm and the 28-year-old's back was grazed by a bullet.
Both victims fled in separate directions, with the 23-year-old running several blocks when he saw a livery cab and told the driver to take him to Brookdale Hospital.
The other victim, meanwhile, ran a short distance and then fell to the ground not far from where the shooting started.
He told police the shooter slowly walked up to his body lying on the ground, but he "played dead." The shooter then rolled the man's body over and pulled the hoody over his eyes while going through his pockets, retrieving two cell phones. Then he gave the body another push with his foot and fled in an unknown direction.
Meanwhile, neighborhood residents who had heard the shots called 911 and police and paramedics from the Emergency Medical Service arrived. The 28-year-old whose back was grazed was treated at the scene and refused further medical treatment. The other man was treated at Brook-dale and released.
Later, while canvassing the area, police picked up six shell casings, two cells phones and a pair of sunglasses.
Anyone with information is asked to call the 69th Precinct Detectives Squad at (718) 257-6215 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS. All calls will be kept strictly confidential.