A 24-year-old man was shot in the head inside an East Harlem liquor store and died on Tuesday night, police said.
The victim was with a group at R&C Wine & Liquor on East 111th Street near Madison Avenue at around 9:40 p.m., when an argument broke out, according to preliminary information obtained by cops.
“It happened so fast — within a minute,” said 30-year-old Yi Shy, who was working at the shop when the shots rang out.
The staffer was helping out a customer when a group of six or seven people strolled in and “started fighting… pushing each other,” he recalled.
“Then there was a shooting sound and everyone started running out,” including the victim, who apparently collapsed somewhere outside, Shy said.
Authorities found him with a gunshot wound to the head. He was taken to Harlem Hospital Center and pronounced dead, the NYPD said.
The victim wasn’t immediately identified. No arrests had been made as of late Tuesday.
Photos from the scene showed the corners of both East 111th Street and East 110th Street at Madison Avenue cordoned off with yellow police tape and several NYPD officers in the area.
The liquor store worker, Shy, still hadn’t left the store at around 11:30 p.m., as cops investigated.
“I thought it was just a BB gun,” he recalled of hearing the shot, adding that then, “I looked down on the floor [and] there was bullet shell.”
Hours earlier and across town, a 44-year-old man was also shot in the head and died, at around 5:45 p.m., on Seventh Avenue between West 132nd and 133rd Streets in Harlem.