By DAVID GREENE
A car wash worker in the Van Nest neighborhood was hospitalized with a gunshot wound to his leg after a customer argued verbally with the worker, pulled out a gun and shot the worker.
Police officials said the shooting took place inside the B&G car wash, located at 1243 East Tremont Avenue in Van Nest Avenue, just after 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 17.
The NYPD is now asking the public for assistance in identifying the person seen in the attached video and photograph who is wanted for questioning in connection with the assault.
Police said on the day of the incident, “A 26-year-old victim, who is an employee of the car wash, approached an individual who was trying to vacuum his own vehicle. The victim tried to explain that only employees can handle the equipment.
The police source added, “The individual left the scene angrily and returned about 30 minutes later. The individual showed a gun and shot the victim in the left leg.
NYPD officials said EMS responded to the location, transferred the victim to NYC Health and Hospitals / Jacobi in stable condition, and the perpetrator fled the location in an unknown direction.
The perpetrator is described as a dark-skinned man who was last seen wearing all-black clothing. We have asked the NYPD to clarify whether the photo and video is taken from the scene of the shooting or some other location and we will update this story as soon as we receive their response.
According to unconfirmed reports on the incident posted by users of the Citizens app, the suspect fled in a BMW on Van Nest Avenue, en route to East 180th Street.
Citizens app user, “Aaliyah621” remarked, “I was 200 feet away and saw nothing. I heard a sound while on my phone and looked up to see people dispersing, and the man who was shot was holding his leg.
Police continue to investigate the incident.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the NYPD Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA ( 74782). The public can also submit their advice by logging into the CrimeStoppers website at https://crimestoppers.nypdonline.org/ or on Twitter @NYPDTips.
All calls are strictly confidential.
* Síle Moloney contributed to this story.