Sunday, February 5, 2023

Father shot dead as daughter watches fatal shooting at Manhattan bodega

NEW YORK — A father was shot and killed during an altercation with a gunman while eating breakfast for his young daughter at a bodega neighborhood in Manhattan. During this, just a few meters away from the accident site, the laborers ran to save the man’s daughter.

The fatal incident took place at 144 Daily Kirana after 4 pm on Thursday. Nagle Avenue in Inwood, according to police.

Surveillance video shows a man in a green North Face jacket standing outside the front door of the store, shouting and reaching for something with his right hand. Moments later, footage shows who he was yelling at: Tykem Berry, 30, seen wearing a puffy red jacket while keeping his headphones on the counter.

The clerk behind the register was telling Berry to stay inside the store, when suddenly another man entered the store and pulled out a gun. Berry wrestled with him, the video showed, before police said he was shot in the chest at point-blank range.

Another surveillance camera captured the suspected shooter running across the street as he fled the scene. The owner of the bodega noted that people had crowded around the victim during her final moments.

“He called for help, he extended his hand, so everyone grabbed on and came to help,” said owner Ahmed Al-Mindsar.

A witness who was there before the police arrived said that Berry kept coming in and out of consciousness. Police said the victim was pronounced dead at Harlem Hospital.

What was not captured on camera was that store employees and customers were protecting the victim’s daughter, who was inside the store at the time of the bloodshed. El-Mindsar said the girl is between 8 and 10 years old.

“I don’t want the children to see their father. They killed him, it will affect them in the future, it will be a problem, a problem,” El-Mindser said. “We put her in, we give her soft drinks, we give her what she wants.”

The store owner told our sister Chen NBC New York That the victim was a loyal customer of 15 years. He stopped by the shop every morning to order a sandwich for his daughter before dropping her off at school.

The police questioned witnesses, who were numerous, as there were people in and out of the warehouse. It was not immediately clear what led to the altercation between the two men.

The accused was absconding till Thursday night and no arrest has been made so far.

Anyone with information 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 give their suggestions by logging on to the Crime Stoppers website.

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