Man and woman fatally shot, 1 hurt in Bronx; police search for gunman

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Friday, May 24, 2024
Man and woman fatally shot, 1 hurt in Bronx; police search for gunman
Marcus Solis has the latest from University Heights.

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Bronx (WABC) -- Three people were shot, two fatally, in the University Heights section of the Bronx early Friday morning.

The victims were struck by gunfire on Davidson Avenue just before 12:15 a.m. after a dispute.

Witnesses told Eyewitness News that people were hanging out in front of a building on Davidson Avenue, when a fist fight broke out.

One person involved went inside, and minutes later, came out with a group of four or five others, looking to settle the score.

All three were rushed to St. Barnabas Hospital.

36-year-old Justin Lawless, known in the neighborhood as Blaze, and 44-year-old Claretha Daniels were both shot in the chest and pronounced dead at St. Barnabas Hospital. Both lived in the building.

A 40-year-old man shot in the right arm was rushed to St. Barnabas where he was listed in stable condition.

On Friday, detectives returned to the scene while a growing memorial for the victims took shape across the street.

Police say two men wearing all black fled on a red moped, but according to a witness, the man who actually pulled the trigger took off on foot.

Detectives have identified a person of interest. He is believed to be a migrant and is also a suspect in an open pattern of robberies. He is not in custody, and a second person is also being sought for questioning.

So far, there are no arrests and the motive is under investigation.


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