New York Daily News: BROOKLYN – A 30-year-old man fatally shot on a Brooklyn street got into a fender-bender with his killer, who angrily chased the victim down the street before gunning him down, startling surveillance video released by cops Thursday reveals.
Jose Flores was shot to death after leaving a party in Brownsville around 4:30am March 13. Police were initially uncertain of the circumstances of the killing.
“The cops didn’t tell us anything,” Jose’s brother Jewinson Flores, 27, told the Daily News a day after the senseless slaying. “We have no idea.”
But investigators have now uncovered surveillance video showing Flores was behind the wheel of a white Nissan Rogue SUV when he got into a crash with a gray Infiniti Q50 luxury sedan moments before the shooting.
The video, released by the NYPD Thursday, shows the Infiniti trying to speed past the left side of Flores’ SUV, resulting in the minor collision at the corner of Tapscott St. and Blake Ave.
After both motorists got out of their vehicles, the Infiniti driver pulled a gun and chased Flores down the street before shooting him, the video shows.
Flores was was found sprawled out on the sidewalk down the block from his abandoned SUV.
His killer ran back to the Infiniti and sped off in it, the video shows. He was last seen zipping down Howard Ave. onto Eastern Parkway toward Atlantic Ave., cops said.
A white Nissan Rogue SUV was left abandoned near the scene and was being investigated by police on March 13 – Theodore Parisienne/for New York Daily News
Flores, the father of a young boy, was rushed to Brookdale University Hospital but could not be saved. His SUV was found abandoned at the scene.
“I don’t want to see any video,” the victim’s dad Carlos Flores told the Daily News Thursday as he was heading to his son’s funeral. “I want to hold him, keep my son’s memory.”
“Nobody respects life,” he added, breaking down. “I try to [stay] strong, but it is impossible.”
The victim had just left the party on Tapscott St. near Blake Ave. in Brownsville when shots rang out about 4:30am on March 13, cops said – Theodore Parisienne/for New York Daily News
Flores was a construction worker who helped put up buildings “all over the city,” his brother said.
“He was a hardworking man, always smiling. Never had problems with nobody,” Jewinson Flores said. “Wrong time at the wrong place . . . It’s hard.”
Cops are asking the public’s help identifying and tracking down the shooter and his vehicle. His SUV had rear-end and passenger side damage from the crash.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.
Top Feature Photo: Surveillance video shows the Brooklyn fender-bender ending in a fatal shooting – NYPD