A man in his 20’s was pronounced dead Thursday afternoon after being found with “blunt force trauma” to his head around 2 p.m. at the BNC General Merchandise store at 906 Amsterdam Avenue between 104th and 105th street, according to an NYPD spokesman. An alert from the 24th precinct said that there had been a robbery at the scene. The man was pronounced dead at St. Luke’s Hospital.
Details were sketchy as of Thursday afternoon — the police spokesman had no further information on what sort of altercation led to the man’s death. No one had been arrested for the crime as of Thursday evening.
The Daily News reported that the man who was killed was named Bubacarr Camara, and his father owns the store. “The register at the store was open and had apparently been rifled through, police sources said.”
BNC General Merchandise is owned by “an African guy who is extremely friendly and doesn’t bother anyone,” one local told us. “I go in there about once a week, very friendly family-owned business. They are known by everyone in the neighborhood.” BNC sells t-shirts and other clothing.
The building is across the street from the YMCA known as the Grosvenor Neighborhood House, which has programs for children.
The investigation is ongoing, police said.
UPDATE: Police released images of three suspects.
Photos and additional reporting by Virginia Valerio.