He just walked up to him, shot him and walked awayPhoto Credit: SAM COSTANZA FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Police and detectives arrive on the scene at 208 West 58th street where an unidentified male was shot. The victim’s jacket is visible on the sidewalk alongside EMS equipment.
Dec. 10, 2012 – NEW YORK (MorichesDaily) — A man was shot and killed execution style in busy midtown Manhattan near Columbus Circle on Monday afternoon at the height of the holiday shopping season, according to authorities.
The victim was rushed to Roosevelt Hospital in “very critical” condition. He was pronounced dead on arrival, the hospital said.
Police say the gunman approached the 31-year-old victim from behind as he walked westbound on 58th Street between Broadway and Seventh Avenue, shooting him in the back of the head outside a Catholic school just before 2 p.m.
The shooter and the victim “were walking separately,” said Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne, the NYPD’s top spokesman. “The victim was walking westbound on West 58th St. The shooter walked up behind him and shot him at close range. At one point the victim looked behind him then continued walking before he was shot.”
It was a callous attack.
“There was no rush,” Browne said. “He just walked up to him, shot him and walked away.”
Authorities say the suspect is a man wearing a brown hoodie sweatshirt and the car he used to flee the crime scene may be a gray Lincoln MKZ.
The New York Daily News interviewed a horrified Sadet Kolo, 36, who was skateboarding near the victim at the time of the shooting.
“It came out of nowhere,” Kolo said. “I turned around and saw a man next to me, on the ground. I called 911 and told him ‘Hang on. Help is on the way.”
“He was bleeding bad,” Kolo said. “Blood was gushing out of his eyeball, his nose, mouth, everywhere. He was talking a little. Or trying to. He was alive for good two minutes.”
“You could not even see anything on one side of his face. It was gone,” he continued. “Half of his face was gone. Poor bastard. I didn’t even see a shooter. I hope they catch him.”
Urbano Garcia, 27, a local worker, said the brazen attack happened so fast, the victim never had a chance.
“He was walking down with his phones,” Garcia said. “He didnt even see what was coming.”
A motive is not immediately known.