Man, 24, bought soda just before being shot in head near Brooklyn deli
Just moments after casually buying a soda from a Brooklyn deli, a man was chased down, shot in the head and left lying in a pool of his own blood.
The 24-year-old was in critical condition after the attack at Stuyvesant Ave. and Pulaski St. in Bedford-Stuyvesant at about 1:10 p.m. Monday, cops said.
Sakr Saleem, 20, who works at the nearby Bedstuy Finest Deli, said just 15 minutes earlier, the victim and a friend bought a soda from him, then left.
“Fifteen minutes later, (I saw) them come back running this way; they were being chased,” Saleem said. “One of them got shot and he couldn’t run so he stopped over there and the shooting kept going. The shooter was shooting everywhere.”
Added Saleem, “One bullet hit my window.”
The victim’s friend from earlier then came rushing back into the deli and took cover. He took the man, and a female customer, to the back of the store, where all three watched the victim fall lifeless to the ground.
“There was a lot of blood. A woman came screaming, trying to pick the guy up … It’s sad, man.” ,Saleem said.
Nalida Roman, 68, who lives across the street, said she was watching TV when she heard the shots.
“I looked down the window and he was laying right near the sidewalk outside (the deli),” Roman said. “There was a lot of blood. He looked like a young guy.”
Roman said she recognized the victim as somebody who lives in the Roosevelt Houses.
Herbert Mckenzie, 49, who was working nearby, also heard the shots.
“I was just working over there. Then I heard four shots, four or five,” he said. “I thought they were firecrackers at first … Then I see all the cops rush. It’s scary.”
The victim was unconscious as emergency responders raced him to Kings County Hospital.
The shooter remained at large.