Updated 09/29/2011 09:44 PM
Police Seek Shooting Suspects And Original Target After Elderly Brooklyn Man's Death
Two men fired at a third in Brooklyn Wednesday night, but they missed and killed a 79-year-old man who was in front of a neighborhood barbershop, prompting a police search for the suspects and original target. NY1’s Tetiana Anderson filed the following report.
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When the bullets started flying Wednesday, a 79-year-old man was caught in the crossfire.
He dropped to the ground, his life about to end. Two suspects are seen running away in a surveillance video that police released Thursday.
Investigators say Andy Burke took a bullet to the neck and later died. He was outside of a barbershop on Marcus Garvey Boulevard where he was a regular.
"See somebody laying on the street and he's there trying to reach for me and I can’t even help him I can’t do nothing to help him," said a bystander.
"Andy was a beautiful person. He didn’t bother anybody. He had just retired — I think he'd be retired about five years. He was a very good person. You could get a lot of knowledge out of Andy," said a friend.
Bullet holes riddle the ceiling and window of the Fest Barbershop in Bedford-Stuyvesant.
Police say it all started when two men were chasing another and shooting at him when he ran into the barbershop. Burke was not the target.
This surveillance video shows the suspects in front of the barbershop firing what police say was at least four bullets in its direction, then they take off.
Now police are looking for the people responsible and the intended target, who also fled.
"We don’t need to be out here shooting at each other like this. This is wrong, this is bad this is nasty. I was there and I had to see this," said one resident.
Police say they don't know the name of the intended target. He wasn't hit and ran away when the suspects did.
Investigators are are looking for all of them.
Anyone with information on the case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.
Anyone with information about the case is being asked to contact Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-577-TIPS, by texting TIP577 to CRIMES, or by going to NYPDCrimeStoppers.com.