WASHINGTON HEIGHTS, Manhattan — A gunman donning a Halloween mask allegedly opened fire, shooting a man and woman in Washington Heights early Thursday morning.
A dispute erupted outside an apartment building along West 163rd Street and Broadway in Washington Heights when a man wearing a green hoodie and a white Halloween mask opened fire at about 2 a.m., police said.
Investigators initially believed he was wearing a Michael Myers mask from the "Halloween" franchise. They later told PIX11 it is believed to be a different mask from the slasher film "Scream."
A 17-year-old woman was shot once in the torso and a 21-year-old man was shot several times and was hit in the leg, chest and back, according to police.
Police sources say the male victim is a suspected gang member with a criminal history. He was on probation at the time of the shooting.
Investigators tell PIX11 they believe this was not a random attack.
Both victims were taken to the hospital for treatment, cops said.
A friend of the male victim who left right before the gunfire spoke to PIX11 exclusively, explaining what happened before the shooting.
"I heard the six shots. Came down running. The girl was laying down with a lot of blood. My friend was laying down, shot in the leg," he said.
He told PIX11 he did not know the female victim, adding it was the first the time he has seen her.
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Correction: This story initially misreported the male victim's age. It has been updated with the correct information.