A sudden swell of violence shook Washington Heights, New York City, when an armed robber stormed into the Seafood King Fish Market, leaving a patron critically wounded. The incident, which occurred around 2 a.m., saw the suspect initially blending in as a customer before revealing his true intentions.
Robbery Turns Violent
Described by authorities as approximately 5'5" with a medium complexion, the robber, clad in black clothing and a matching mask, ordered a meal before making a trip to the restroom. Upon his return, he brandished a blue handgun, directing the cashier to fill a bag with cash and her mobile phone, then hide behind the counter. The unsuspected diner, a 37-year-old man, was then shot in the face, a violent act that seemed inexplicable even in the midst of the ongoing robbery.
After discharging his weapon, the assailant fled the scene, leaving behind a shocked crowd and a critically injured victim. The man was rushed to Mount Sinai Morningside Hospital where his condition remains grave. No arrests have been made yet, and the suspect is still at large.
Community in Shock
The violent incident has sent waves of concern throughout the local community, which has witnessed a concerning surge in crime, particularly burglaries, according to data from the New York Police Department's 33rd precinct. The police are actively conducting their investigation, using every available resource, including forensic analysis of a recovered 9-millimeter shell casing, to identify and apprehend the culprit.