A MAN was shot to death while walking his dog on Monday morning – as New York City continues to see a steep spike in crime rates.
Michael Scully, 62, got into an argument with a man who later shot him multiple times in the head and shoulders in Brooklyn, police said.
Medics rushed Scully to a hospital after the 7am shooting, but he later died from his injuries, WCBS-TV reported.
It wasn't immediately clear if the shooter and Scully knew each other, or what they were arguing about.
Scully’s brother lived upstairs from him in the two-family home they shared.
Scully lived in Brooklyn throughout his life and worked as a cologne and perfume salesman, friend David Martinez told the New York Post.
“It broke my heart,” said Martinez. “I’ve been hanging out with him ever since I was a teenager.
"He told me if I graduated he was going to purchase my suit. At that time the style was Pierre Cardin. He bought me the suit and the shoes.”
Another longtime friend of Scully, named Wally, described him as a "happy-go-lucky" person.
“No kids, a bachelor. He would sit outside Paneantico’s on Third Avenue. I saw him about two weeks ago. He would sit outside, have coffee, cookies. Park his dogs by the hydrant.
"He would bring his dogs to church. He was a big church guy,” Wally told the Post.
Scully's pals said the 62-year-old owned five Cocker Spaniels.
They were named Larry, Moe, Curly, Lisa, and Shemp, all for Three Stooges characters.
There have been no arrests in the shooting and police have not disclosed a motive.
Police are examing footage from a number of surveillance cameras in the area to track down the suspect.
Authorities described the killer as heavyset and light-skinned, and wearing a dark-colored bandana over his face, along with a dark-colored baseball cap, red shirt, and blue sweatpants.
Three hours before Scully was fatally gunned down, a six-year-old boy was shot during a Caribbean festival in Brooklyn.
Police sources told the New York Post that the boy, Maxwell Cesc-Vinho, was shot in the left leg while his mother Patricia Bratwaith, 47, was struck in the left foot.
New York City has seen an extreme uptick in violent crime in recent months.
Shootings have more than doubled over the same period last year and murders rose by nearly 50 percent.
According to The New York Times, NYC has recorded 791 shootings, a more than 140 percent increase over the same period in 2019.
Between the months of May and August, officials have reported 180 murders – a spike of more than 51 percent increase compared to last year.
Per the Times, there were 242 shootings in New York City in August, while last year 91 were reported.
New York City surpassed 1,000 shootings before Labor Day this year – which the Times reports makes "it the worst year for gun violence since 2015."
Source: Read Full Article