An investigation is underway in Hell’s Kitchen after a man was shot in the back at 6:12am today, police said this morning.
The shooting took place at the northeast corner of West 52nd Street and 11th Avenue. The 32-year-old male victim was transported to Mount Sinai West with non-life threatening injuries and was in a stable condition, according to police.
The suspect ran off, heading south on 11th Avenue, police say.
It is unclear whether the shooting happened after a robbery. No arrests have been made so far.
W52nd Street was closed to traffic while the investigations continued, but nearby businesses, Cybert Tires and Epstein Paint Center, were diverting customers to access at 10th Avenue.
UPDATE 6pm: Police reported that the victim was shot in front of his parents by a stranger after he accidentally bumped into the gunmen.
The victim and his parents were waiting for the Hell’s Kitchen Mercedes-Benz dealership at 11th Avenue between W53/54th Street to open to take his car in for service, when a man rushing to catch the M31 bus on W54th Street bumped into the victim, cops said.
The victim’s father pleaded with his son to “let it go” as the two men argued, NYPD Chief of Detectives Joseph Kenny said at a press conference today. The gunman got on the bus, but then returned and “let three grounds go” and hit the victim once in the upper back with a .22 caliber gun, Kenny said. His parents were not hurt.
The gunman, described as a short Hispanic male between 5 feet 2 inches and 5 feet 5 inches, was last seen running down W52nd Street, cops said. There have been no arrests so far in relation to the shooting.