New York Daily News: MANHATTAN – The cold-blooded bandit who shot a man in the head then stripped his dying victim of his jewelry during a caught-on-video clash on an upper Manhattan street may be part of a brazen robbery crew responsible for other violent muggings in the city, officials said.
“This looks like a straight up robbery crew, so we are looking at all the robberies in the area,” NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig said during a press conference at NYPD headquarters Wednesday.
The killer and his two accomplices, all dressed in black and wearing masks, targeted victim Milton Grant and his friend, who was also shot but survived, after spotting them sporting flashy jewelry at a Manhattan club, investigators believe.
Grant, the 34-year-old father of twin boys, and his friend were driving through Inwood when he pulled over near the corner of Dyckman St. near Vermilyea Ave. about 4:45 a.m. Monday to let a second friend use the bathroom.
That’s when the robbers tailing them jumped out of their car and charged the BMW. Two of the men had guns, one of which appeared to have a silencer, cops said.
“They grab one chain from one man and grab a Rolex watch and another chain from the second,” Essig said.
One of the crooks shot Grant, whose sons are age 3, in the head as he tried to drive away from the mayhem. After Grant’s BMW crashed into a building, the gunman ran over and climbed inside to steal the dying man’s jewelry, shocking video released by the NYPD Tuesday shows.
The other two went after Grant’s childhood friend Randal Chacon, 33, who was shot in the groin as he ran for his life.
Grant died at the scene. His killers sped away uptown in the car driven by their getaway driver and remain the targets of an NYPD manhunt.
Grant’s family was stunned to learn that the victim was killed over jewelry.
“He has two young kids. Why?” Grant’s father, Milton Grant Sr., told the Daily News Tuesday. “Is it worth it, just for jewelry, to put a family through this pain?”
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.
- Top Feature Photo: NYPD 34th Precinct Officers are seen on the scene of a shooting in front of business located at 176 Dyckman Avenue – Luiz C Ribeiro/for New York Daily News