By Joy Bergmann
A 71-year-old man was shot in the leg around 3:47 pm on Thursday afternoon near West 71st Street and Broadway, an NYPD spokesperson told WSR. NYPD said the man may have been an “unintended target” of the shooting. He was transported to Mount Sinai Morningside [St. Luke’s] Hospital in stable condition, NYPD said.
Three suspects were being sought, NYPD said; no descriptions of the suspects were yet available.
WSR will update this story as more information arrives.
UPDATE 8:30 p.m.: Capt. Neil Zuber, commanding officer of the 20th Precinct, provided additional details at Thursday evening’s Community Council Meeting.
The victim was an “innocent bystander” whose leg was grazed by a single bullet. “He’s already been treated and released,” Zuber said, noting the man was not from the area, but was visiting family here.
Investigators believe a dispute between two small groups escalated, leading to at least one shot being fired. The combatants appeared to be in their teens or early 20’s and seemed to have known each other prior to the incident, he said. Video evidence is being shared with various law enforcement bodies and school safety officers to aid identification efforts, he said. “The investigation is definitely off on the right foot.”