MOUNT HOPE, the Bronx (PIX11) — A man was shot dead and two other people were injured in a shooting inside a deli in the Bronx overnight Tuesday, police said.
A 31-year-old man got into a verbal dispute with the suspect, who shot him in the head and upper torso at around 12:50 a.m., killing him, according to authorities. Two additional people were shot inside the shop along East Burnside Avenue near Grand Concourse as unintended targets. A 34-year-old man was shot in the left arm and was reported to be in stable condition. A 34-year-old woman was shot in her torso and police described her condition as critical.
Both were taken to a hospital, officials said. As for the victim who died, police said he had an arrest history and was most recently behind bars last month for domestic assault.
Police later arrested 25-year-old Edison Cruz, a Bronx resident. He was charged with murder, manslaughter and criminal possession of a weapon.
Cruz was at work at a Taco Bell around the corner from the scene of the shooting and allegedly got into an argument that escalated with the 31-year-old man, sources told PIX11 News.
“I got my workers there when shots rang out. Thank God nothing happened to my workers,” said Jay Simon, the owner of the deli shop where the shooting took place.
Police said Cruz went back to work at Taco Bell after the shooting, which is where he was arrested.
This latest shooting happened as the city tries to crack down on crime. Neighbors told PIX11 News they’ve never seen a crime like this.
“This is our local store, a place we come and meet up and nothing like this ever happens, but crazy part is we would end in that store, but God told us don’t go, and we didn’t,” resident Armonni Phillips said.
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