A 17-yr-previous boy wearing all black and sporting a ski masks was shot lifeless on a residential road in Brooklyn early Thursday, police stated.
John Fernandez, 17, was discovered facedown with a gunshot wound to the neck after cops responded to Bainbridge St. close to Broadway in Bedford-Stuyvesant about 5:20 a.m., cops stated.
Sources stated two witnesses provided cops a tantalizing tip — they heard the sound of gunshots earlier than overhearing a person and a lady apparently discussing the homicide.
“Now it is going to appear to be a theft,” one among them stated, in response to the witnesses.
Fernandez, who had 5 prior arrests, lived about two miles away in Ridgewood, cops stated.
A number of close by residents stated they heard gunshots simply earlier than three:30 a.m. however didn’t name the police.
“I by no means even noticed the physique on the market,” stated Patti Herb, sixty seven. “I might have referred to as the cops a very long time earlier than this.”
“All of us acquired pounced away from bed once we heard it,” she added. “I imply at three:24 within the morning, no one’s often strolling this block in any respect.”
The person’s physique remained on the sidewalk, surrounded by a pool of blood, till staff from the town medical expert’s workplace arrived shortly earlier than 10 a.m.
Resident Shawanda Smith, forty seven, stated she suspected the person was an outsider.
“If he was from this block, we might be round that physique,” Smith added.
There have been no speedy arrests.
Herb stated she was surprised to study that a man had been killed on her usually peaceable block.
“This occurs to be one of many most secure blocks on the entire strip of Bainsbridge,” she stated.
With Barry Paddock
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