CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn (PIX11) — A 55-year-old father of four children was shot in the chest while driving his work van in Brooklyn on Wednesday, police said.
Desmond Phillip, a contractor, was shot just before 4 p.m. near Eastern Parkway and Rochester Avenue, according to police sources. Phillip was driving through the intersection at Eastern Parkway when a gunman opened fire on four people standing nearby, police said.
The assailant missed his targets but a stray bullet smashed through Phillip’s van window, striking him in the chest, police said. The suspect then ran into the Crown Heights-Utica Avenue subway station, officials said.
First responders transported Phillip to a hospital in stable condition, officials said.
Phillip’s wife, Barbara, said the bullet just missed her husband’s heart. Barbara received a frantic call from a friend telling her Desmond had been shot.
The couple has four children and Desmond runs his own construction business.
“We need more help, we need more everything. This is crazy what is going on in the city, and innocent people are paying for it,” Barbara said.
Investigators have described the suspect as a male approximately in his 20s, last seen wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and a black bubble jacket with the “The North Face” logo on the front left chest.
Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting crimestoppers.nypdonline.org, downloading the NYPD Crime Stoppers mobile app, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).