INWOOD, Manhattan (PIX11) — A man fatally shot at an Inwood bodega on Thursday was with his 9-year-old daughter at the time, according to authorities.
Tykeem Berry, 30, and his young daughter were inside the store on Nagle Avenue near Thayer Street around 4:05 p.m. Thursday when Berry apparently became involved in an argument with another man, police said.
Surveillance video obtained by PIX11 News shows the suspected gunman in a heated argument with Berry. At one point you can see the suspect in a green jacket pull something out of his jacket.
The suspect went inside the bodega, continued to argue with Berry, then came back out. The suspect appeared to be pacing and pondering. He then went back inside and shot the 30-year-old father in his chest right in front of his 9-year-old daughter. The gunman then dragged the Berry out of the store.
First responders rushed Berry, an area resident, to an area hospital, but he could not be saved. His daughter was not physically harmed in the incident.
The gunman remained at large early Friday. He’s believed to be in his 20s, and was last seen wearing a green sweater and sweatpants, according to police.
Police said Thursday that Berry knew his attacker, but said early Friday that it was now unclear whether the two men knew each other prior to the deadly run-in.
Neighbors of Berry described him as a nice guy. They said he and his daughter seemed like best friends and often went to the bodega to pick up snacks and a sandwich.
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