Surveillance video of suspect released after innocent social worker killed in Manhattan

EAST HARLEM, Manhattan (WABC) -- Police have released surveillance video of the suspect they believe shot and killed a social worker in East Harlem.

Authorities say 43-year-old Purcell Gowie was shot and killed on East 116th Street on Wednesday night.

Officials say he walked into a dispute between three or four men before he was shot in the chest.

He is believed to be an innocent bystander.

Gowie helped the poor and homeless at a nonprofit located just blocks away from the scene of the shooting.

The suspect police are looking for is described as a male with a thin build, approximately 18 to 25 years old, and was last seen wearing a black jacket, jeans and black and white sneakers.

So far no arrests have been made.

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