Surveillance video shows dog walker open fire in East Harlem

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EAST HARLEM -- At EMCO Plumbing and Heating in the 300 Block of East 111th Street, there was no hesitation in showing footage of a dog walker opening fire that their surveillance camera's caught nearly 24 hours prior.

"Here he comes, with the dogs," Shimmy Stien says, pointing at the screen."

The video shows a man wearing a baseball cap, headphones and wearing a large coat walking two dogs from the direction of Second Avenue.

On EMCO's video, the dog walker goes out of frame, but another camera two doors down catches something shocking. The man spots something across the street, pulls a gun and begins to fire, as his poor dogs cower at the sound.

As the gunman runs away down the street toward Second Avenue, the dogs resist for a second before being dragged by the owner down the street.

But one EMCO employee who decided against his name being used says the other video, released by the NYPD only shows part of the story. He saw the shooting and says another man across the street was firing back.

"I saw a guy across the street holding a gun and he fired like three times. He ran towards First Avenue while the guy with the dogs ran toward Second," the witness said.

The brazen shootout happened in front of the Patricof Headstart Center at 2 p.m. just before parents were to begin arriving to pick up their youngsters.

About 24 hours after the shooting, parents picking up their kids today recounted the craziness they found on the block when they arrived at the school on Monday. The street was blocked off as NYPD officers and a police helicopter searched for the gunmen.

Clutching her daughter, Elizabeth Torres summed up her fears over Monday's gunplay right in front of her daughter's school.

"It scared me, because she's my only child," she said. Other parents echoed her sentiments.

Other bystanders on the street could have been hit during the shootout as the crime happened down the street from the Boys and Girls Club, a popular safe haven for neighborhood youngsters who often walk down East 111th Street to get there.

At this point there have been no arrests and no suspects announced by the NYPD who ask anyone with information to contact them at 1-800-577-TIPS.

You can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW>NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or text tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.