Shocking video shows elevator shooting in Brooklyn

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BEDFORD-STUYVESANT, Brooklyn (PIX11) -- The video is as disturbing as it is frightening.

Reggie White, an 18-year-old in Bed-Stuy, says "It's crazy.  It could be anybody. That is just how it is out here."

White shared his perspective seconds after seeing a video released by the NYPD on Thursday of a shooting that took place in an elevator at 940 Gates Avenue during the evening of Dec. 30th.

Marquis Crandall, who has lived in the building for 10 years reacted curtly: "Wow ... that is crazy."

The 20-year-old then added, "That is cold-blooded right there. That is messed up. That is crazy right there."

On video the elevator appears to have some space to it.  In reality, it is extremely cramped.  Additionally, there weren't three people inside of it as initially believed, but actually four.  The victim in this case was cramped down low and barely visible on the video. The male victim in his twenties had nowhere to run, nowhere to hide.  His only option, to absorb the bullet fired from the shooter's gun only inches away.

PIX 11 News spoke with one resident who was a few yards away at the time of the shooting and heard the gun blast.  He asked us to conceal his identity as he shared his thoughts on the shooting, "It's part of soceity today.  It's what is going on in the world today."

The video is jarring because the shooting took place at such a close range in an area with numerous surveillance cameras in plain view.  Even more shocking is the geographical aspect of the shooting as well as the courage of the triggerman. The shooting took place about one block away from the the NYPD's 81st precinct.

Now the NYPD is on the hunt for assailant, hoping the release of the video will help them solve one of the last shootings of 2014.