Person of interest named in deadly subway shooting sparked by McDonald’s fight

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Vincent Arcona has been named a person of interest in a deadly shooting near Penn Station Nov. 9, 2015. (Photo: NYPD)

Vincent Arcona has been named a person of interest in a deadly shooting near Penn Station Nov. 9, 2015. (Photo: NYPD)

MANHATTAN – A person of interest has been identified in a deadly encounter in midtown which was sparked by an argument at a McDonald’s near Penn Station and which ended in a triple shooting, police said Tuesday.

Investigators want to question Vincent Arcona, 27, in connection with the shooting, according to NYPD. Arcona is described as a white male with blue eyes who stands 6 feet tall and weighs about 300 pounds.

The fatal chain of events began about 6:15 a.m. Monday at the McDonald’s near 35th Street and Eighth Avenue, a block north of Penn Station, police said.

A group of people was drinking coffee inside the McDonald's when a man came in and spoke briefly with them, Chief Robert Boyce said in a news conference Monday, hours after the crime occurred. Because of how short their conversation was, investigators do not believe the shooter knew the victims, Boyce said.

Soon after, the group left the restaurant and went into the subway — of their own volition — and that's when shots rang out, Boyce said. The shooter followed the group into the subway station that services the A, C and E lines and a total of four rounds were fired from what appears to be a 9 mm weapon, he said.

No cameras were monitoring the portion of the subway station where the shooting occurred, Boyce said.

A 43-year-old man was shot in the neck and pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Two other men were struck by bullets: a 45-year-old was hit in the neck and abdomen, and a 48-year-old was shot in the leg. The younger of the two was taken to a hospital in critical condition; the other was listed in stable condition, police said.

Anyone with information on the case or regarding Arcona’s whereabouts is urged to call NYPD’s anonymous Crime Stoppers hotline at 800-577-TIPS.