A 49-year-old man was fatally shot outside a Target store in the Throggs Neck section of the Bronx late Sunday night, police said.
The victim, identified as Raymond Resto of West Harlem, was shot multiple times in the store’s parking lot at around 11:50 p.m. Sunday. He was transported to NYC Health and Hospitals/Jacobi, where he was pronounced dead, according to the New York Police Department.
The suspected shooters fled the scene in a blue BMW and remain at large Monday morning, police said. No arrests have been made.
Surveillance video shows the suspects’ vehicle pulling up next to Resto’s parked car outside the Target at 4070 E Tremont Ave. Two to four men exited the BMW and opened fire on Resto in view of his wife, authorities said. The suspects then sped away in the BMW, which had temporary license plates.
Five shell casings were recovered from the scene, police said. A motive has not been determined.
Neighbors told police Resto was known to park at the Throggs Neck Shopping Center lot while waiting for a cab ride home. The shooting does not appear to have been a road rage incident, authorities said.
Target spokeswoman Jessica Carlson said the store was closed at the time of the shooting around midnight.
“We can confirm that our store was closed at the time of this incident, all team members are safe and there was no impact to other guests,” Carlson said. “We appreciate the quick response of the NYPD and will refer additional questions to law enforcement.”Jessica Carlson, Target spokeswoman
The store reopened as normal on Monday morning.
Man Had Criminal Record, Suspected Drug Links
Police sources said Resto had a prior criminal history, including a past arrest for robbery. He was also among multiple defendants charged in a federal conspiracy drug case in 2019, although the outcome of that case is unclear.
Investigators reportedly suspect drugs as a possible motive for Resto’s murder but have not publicly commented on any potential criminal connections. Records show Resto lived about a mile away from the Target store in the Bronx.
Residents described the Throggs Neck area where the shooting took place as generally quiet and safe. But the brazen late-night gun violence in a store parking lot has left some neighbors feeling shaken.
“I’m shocked as hell because, I’m telling you, this block is quiet,” said resident Andrew Nelson, 48.
Search Continues for Suspects
As of Monday morning, police were still searching for the BMW and the two to four men who carried out the deadly shooting. Officials asked anyone with information about the suspects or the vehicle to contact NYPD Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.
With the gunmen still at large, police said community members should remain vigilant while the investigation continues. Authorities released a few other details about possible suspects, evidence, or motives.
Sunday night’s violence marked the latest in a string of fatal shootings across New York City so far in 2023.
The city saw a recent uptick in homicides last year after several years of historically low murder rates. The NYPD and new Mayor Eric Adams have made reducing violent crime a top priority for 2023 but have faced persistent challenges largely centered in the city’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods.
Whether Sunday’s shooting proves to be an isolated tragedy or part of a worrying trend remains to be seen as the year unfolds.