A married father of three was gunned down early Tuesday on the set of “Law & Order: Organized Crime’’ in New York City in a real-life shooting that has shocked fellow crew members and neighborhood residents, ABC New York reports.
“It was crazy,” one of the victim’s colleagues told the New York Post.
The victim, whose identity has not been released publicly, was in a vehicle reserving parking spots for the show on North Henry Street in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Around 5:15 a.m., a man approached the vehicle, opened the driver’s side door, and fired multiple shots, striking the victim in the neck and face.
Medics rushed the victim to Woodhull Hospital and he was pronounced dead shortly before 6 a.m. Investigators believe he may have been specifically targeted as opposed to the victim of a random act of violence.
Police have described the suspect as a man with a thin build and medium complexion wearing a black hoodie and black pants, NBC New York reports.
The victim was an employee of a contractor paid by television producers to hold parking spots on the sets, a common occurrence at film and TV shoots in the city.
“They’re just doing their job, just setting out cones and making sure cars are where they belong,” neighbor Ian Oberholtzer told ABC 13. “Nothing out of the ordinary, and everyone’s very used to it by now.”
The colleague who heard the shooting said he did not notice any sort of argument before the bullets rang out.
“I didn’t hear an argument or nothing. It was quiet, early morning,’’ the colleague told the Post. “It was just a pop, and the [gunman] ran up towards Nassau [Avenue]. I only heard one bang, but I don’t know how many shots.
The colleague added: “I don’t even know who would do this or why.”
NBC and Universal Television said in a statement that they are cooperating with police in the investigation.
“We were terribly saddened and shocked to hear that one of our crew members was the victim of a crime early this morning and has died as a result. We are working with local law enforcement as they continue to investigate,” the statement reads, according to the Post. “Our hearts go out to his family and friends, and we ask that you respect their privacy during this time.”
The victim leaves behind a wife, two daughters and one son.
“He was a great guy, always laughing or making somebody laugh, you know?” the colleague told the Post.
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