Man Shot During Early Morning Incident at Hester and Essex Streets

Police are investigating a shooting early this morning on the Lower East Side. According to Channel 7, it happened at about 5 a.m. near the intersection of Essex and Hester streets.

Leading up to the shooting, cops believe there was some kind of argument among people inside several cars. The victim, a 31-year-old man, was hit in the shoulder. He apparently later walked into the emergency room at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Lower Manhattan for treatment. His injury is considered non-life threatening.

Channel 7 reported that a white Mercedes parked in front of the hospital was one of the vehicles likely involved in this morning’s incident.

No arrests yet. Police are looking for the occupants of one or two other cars that might have been at the scene.

UPDATE 11:25 a.m. According to the Daily News, the shooting happened at about 4:35 a.m. The victim is described as “uncooperative” and “refused to provide more details,” according to a police source.

Man Shot on Rutgers Street Early This Morning

Early this morning, a man was shot in the leg by a gunman on the Lower East Side.

It happened at about 4:45 a.m. on Rutgers Street near Madison Street. According to the Daily News, the 30-year-old victim was hit twice in the leg. He was rushed to Bellevue Hospital and is expected to survive.

The victim told cops that he was walking down the street when he heard gunshots and then felt a sharp pain in his leg. Two suspects fled the scene.

Suspect Identified in Weekend Shooting on Pitt Street (Updated 3:01 p.m.)


Here’s a followup on the shooting that happened on Pitt Street early Sunday morning. As previously reported, several men were fired upon after a dispute in front of a bodega near Stanton Street. This morning, police have released details about the suspect.

They’re looking for 42-year-old Miguel Maldonado. The “wanted” flyer put out today indicates there’s “probable cause to arrest” Maldonado in connection with the shootings. In the incident, which happened around 6 a.m., cops believe he fired five or six rounds, hitting four victims.  Maldonado stands 5-foot-5 and weighs 150 pounds. His last known address was on East 102nd Street. If you have any information about this crime, call the detectives listed above.

Over the weekend, it was reported that a 25 year-old and a 35-year-old were shot in the leg, while another man, 23, was wounded in the leg and stomach. The victims were taken to Bellevue Hospital.

UPDATE 3:01 p.m. The Daily News says Maldonado is “an ex-con on parole for another shooting.” Cops told the News they believe Sunday’s shooting was, “revenge after (the shooting victims) beat him and his cousin up hours earlier.” More details from the story:

The gunfire left Oscar Delgado, 23, who lives in the area, with gunshot wounds to his abdomen and leg. Anthony Estevez, 25, was shot in the left shoulder and Jose Marte, 34, was hit in the left leg, sources said… A fourth man who may have been grazed when a bullet pierced his pocket, wallet and the cash inside later arrived at the hospital and spoke with police about the shooting, sources said. Maldonado is no stranger to violence. He has a dozen prior arrests, including one in 2007 for a non-fatal shooting in Coney Island. He served four years at Queensboro Correctional Facility for assault and was released in January 2014. He is on parole through April 28, 2019.


Early Morning Shooting on Ridge Street Sends 3 Men to Hospital

Three men were wounded in a shooting earlier this morning on Ridge Street, near Stanton Street. According to Channel 2, it happened at around 6 a.m. outside the bodega at 135 Ridge St.

The victims were shot following some sort of argument with the shooter. There is no description as of yet for the suspect, but police are checking several surveillance cameras in the area.

The Daily News reported  that a 25 year-old and a 35-year-old were shot in the leg, while another man, 23, was wounded in the leg and stomach. The victims were taken to Bellevue Hospital.

A witness, identified only as Johnny, said, “I heard five shots, really loud… It looked like three guys got hit, and taken away in an ambulance.” He added, “I was out here about five hours ago, and the same guys were fighting down the street… One guy got punched in the face pretty hard… I see them around all the time. They’re all kids from the neighborhood.”

UPDATED: Police have identified a suspect. See details and a photo here.

Police Search For Suspects in August Shooting, Robbery on Essex Street


Police continue to look for two suspects after a man was shot in the leg and robbed on Essex Street during the summer.

It happened at 146 Essex St. (between Rivington and Stanton streets) on Aug. 9. At about 3:30 a.m., the 31-year-old victim was standing outside when he was approached by one of the suspects, who demanded the man’s jewelry. The victim fled but was pursued by the second suspect and shot.

The suspects then removed the jewelry from the wounded victim before fleeing northbound on Essex Street in a red BMW. The victim was taken to Bellevue Hospital for treatment.

Cops have released surveillance video, which you can see here.  Police say one of the suspects was wearing a Metallica t-shirt, a baseball cap and had tattoos on both arms. The second suspect was wearing a multi-colored t-shirt and also had tattoos on both arms.

If you can help solve this crime, call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477).

Police Shoot Suspect at Riis Houses Overnight; Officers Say He Brandished a Knife

A man with a knife was shot late last night by police at the Jacob Riis Houses on FDR Drive.

According to the Daily News, the incident happened inside a 7th floor hallway of the public housing complex, located near East 6th Street. When officers from PSA 4 (public housing police) arrived on the scene at about 12:30 a.m., they found a 25-year-old man, described as emotionally disturbed, wielding the knife.

Cops said he refused to drop it. An officer fired at the suspect and a bullet struck him in the chest, going through the man’s body. He was rushed to Bellevue Hospital. Doctors expect the man to survive.

Police have not released the man’s name. Channel 7 reported that he lives with his grandmother in an apartment on the 7th floor of the building at 765 FDR Drive. According to Channel 11, the suspect has at least 12 earlier arrests. “A witness doubted the police report of the man showing off the knife,” reported the television station, “saying cops are ‘lying.'”

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Columbia Street Cop Shooter Sentenced to 28 Years-Life

A 27-year old man was sentenced today to 28 years to life in prison for shooting a cop on the Lower East Side two years ago.  The incident happened on Columbia street, near the Baruch Houses, shortly after two officers approached Luis Martinez for suspected drug dealing.

The cop, Thomas Richards, was saved when the bullet struck his metal gun magazine.  In January, a Manhattan jury convicted Martinez of attempted murder and weapons possession charges.  During the trial and again today, defense attorney Matthew Myers said his client believed the officers were trying to rob them, and he didn’t think they were cops. According to the Daily News, he told the judge, Martinez has “not one single conviction and this court needs to respect the fact that my client had no record going into this case.”  The judge, however, was unmoved. State Supreme Court Justice Michael Obus said, “it began when Mr. Martinez took the gun that he purchased and put it on his person and left his home.”

In a statement, District Attorney Cy Vance said, “If not for the metal gun magazine and leather pouch that prevented the bullet from piercing Officer Thomas Richards’s abdomen, he might not be alive today. There is no clearer example of how New York’s Finest place their lives on the line every day to keep us safe. I thank the jury for their service and for seeing that justice was done in this case.”