Police in Brooklyn, NY are searching for a gunman who shot a man walking past him on a busy sidewalk this afternoon, causing pandemonium and sending people fleeing Flatbush Avenue.
The shooting happened shortly after 2 p.m. near a Target store at the intersection of Fort Greene Place and Hanson Place, close to Barclay’s Center.
The victim, identified as 51-year-old Ellison Ingram of Queens, told police he was walking to the Atlantic Social eatery where he works as a chef when he observed an argument between two men arguing with another man on the sidewalk. Shortly after, one of the men pulled a gun from his waistband and opened fire.
“There were three guys arguing. The next thing I know, one of them pulls out a gun and starts shooting,” said Pamela Williams, who witnessed the shooting.
Deputy Chief Vincent DiDonato said the victim was shot in the ankle and was expected to survive.
“I’m going to say thank God that we only have one [victim] in light of what happened today in our country,” DiDonato added. “Thank God we only had one individual hit. Thank God, it could have been a lot worse.”
“Amazing. That’s amazing,” saidShawn Ingram, the victim’s brother. “You’d think the area would be safer. You have the mall across the street, so many industries, so many businesses. You’d think there would be more security.”
NYPD released the following surveillance video of the shooting two hours after the incident:
WANTED: Black male, thin build for shooting/assault at corner of Atlantic Ave & Flatbush Ave, #Brooklyn. Call #800577TIPS w/info. @NYPD78Pct pic.twitter.com/wen8ONLYHm
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) June 14, 2017
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477)