According to the police and a witness, a man was fatally shot outside of a playground in the Bronx on Friday that was full of children. The suspects were last seen on a scooter.
The employee of the New York City Housing Authority, who was 49 years old and worked at the playground behind St. Mary’s Park Houses on East 156th Street near Westchester Avenue in Longwood, was shot in the head at around 4:15 p.m., according to the police.
Kevin Milton, 57, who lives in the area and works as a building porter, said he saw the victim leaving Captain Rivera Playground when five shots were fired at him.
“There were kids everywhere running and screaming. We ran over and tried to help him. He was hit in the neck, chest and side,” said Milton.
Reports say that two men who have not yet been identified left the area on a scooter and headed toward Westchester Ave.
“They were young guys, and on a black and white scooter. They just zoomed by,” Milton said, referring to the suspects.
However, he and other people in the area attempted to stop the man from bleeding to death. Their efforts were unsuccessful.
“He was bleeding from the mouth and it was coming like water,” Milton said. “People were trying to sit him up but he was throwing up more blood.”
“One guy was putting pressure on his neck but that meant more blood was coming from his mouth,” said Milton.
According to the authorities, the man was transported to Lincoln Hospital where he died.
The police are searching for the two people on the scooter.