homeless man serial shooter
EW YORK – A quick-thinking homeless man in Manhattan likely saved his life when he frightened a gunman who shot him by pretending to call 911 – despite no phone.
The gunman went on to shoot another sleeping homeless man to death just an hour later, and now police are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.
NYC homeless man likely saved own life when he scared off serial shooter
Police said the surviving victim, a 38-year-old man, was asleep on King Street in Hudson Square when he woke up to the sensation of a bullet ripping his right forearm around 5 a.m. Saturday.
“What are you doing?” He screamed when he saw the shooter, dressed in all black including the black mask, still aiming the gun at him.
The sources said that the victim jumped and pretended to put the phone to his ear despite the absence of a mobile phone, and said that he called the police.
The terrified gunman ran east on King Street, while the victim rushed to a nearby red emergency reporting system box attached to a pole on Varrick Street.
The gunman found his second target around 6 a.m. on Howard Street near Lafayette Street.
He shot the sleeping man in a sleeping bag in the head and neck and fled west on Howard Street.
The victim was found dead in the sleeping bag about 11 hours later.
Police are still working to identify him Sunday.
The New York Police Department announced Sunday that it is offering a $10,000 reward to help catch the sadistic shooter, a skinny young black man about 5 feet 4 feet tall, wearing all black clothes including the black mask.
Police released reconnaissance photos of the gunman on Saturday.
After the shooting, Mayor Eric Adams said a task force of police officers and homeless outreach workers would patrol the subway system and sites where homeless people are staying to encourage them to sleep in city-operated shelters.
The shooting comes more than two years after Randy Rodriguez Santos was accused of beating four homeless men to death with a pipe in Chinatown in October 2019.
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Santos, who was also homeless, is being held on Rikers Island pending trial.
Anyone with information about Saturday’s shooting is asked to contact “Stoppers Crime” at (800) 577-TIPS.
All calls will be kept confidential.