HARLEM, N.Y. (PIX11) – A man was fatally shot while he was trying to stop another man from robbing him in Harlem Wednesday morning, according to the NYPD.

Police said the 65-year-old victim, identified as Anthony Williams, was standing on Lenox Avenue when the suspect approached him and tried to steal from him. Williams tried to stop the robbery and a struggle broke out, according to authorities.

That’s when the suspect fired his gun, shooting Williams in the chest, police said. The suspect fled the scene in a black Nissan Maxima going southbound on Lenox Avenue.

Williams was taken to NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem where he was pronounced dead.

The suspect was last seen wearing a gray Nike hooded sweatshirt, black facemask, black jeans, and black sneakers.

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Erin Pflaumer is a digital content producer from Long Island who has covered both local and national news since 2018. She joined PIX11 in 2023. See more of her work here.