Man shot dead in Washington Heights; gunman sought: police

WASHINGTON HEIGHTS, Manhattan — A man was shot dead while sitting in a car in Washington Heights, prompting a search for the gunman, according to police.

Police responded to the scene just before 2 p.m. at St. Nicholas Avenue and West 185th Street, just blocks from the victim's home.

Authorities said 48-year-old Franklin Bello was shot multiple times in his torso while sitting in a Toyota Camry. When police arrived they found Bello unresponsive. They pulled him out from the car and initiated CPR, police said.

EMT also responded and Bello was rushed to NewYork–Presbyterian Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, police said.

Bello leaves behind two grown sons and a young granddaughter, and was "just getting his life back together," according to family.

The motive of the shooting is not yet known.

The suspected gunman is described as a man in his 20s, standing at about 5 feet, 9 inches tall, and wearing a black baseball cap and jacket, and fled the scene, police said.

No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing, officials said.

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