Peekskill cops search for cabdriver's killer

A passerby discovered the body of a 60-year-old

A passerby discovered the body of a 60-year-old man inside a parked car in Peekskill. (Oct. 3, 2012) Photo Credit: John Biros

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A man found dead behind the wheel of his car in Peekskill on Wednesday was "the victim of gunfire," according to cops, who said they want the public's help tracking down the man's killer or killers.

A passerby found the 53-year-old man slumped in the driver's seat of a gray, four-door sedan a few minutes before 3 p.m. and called police. Officers closed off a one-block radius around 118 Pine St., where the body was found, cordoning off the area with crime scene tape as detectives probed the scene. By late afternoon, cops had put up a canopy over the car, presumably to preserve fingerprints and other evidence as a storm passed over the area.

Police said they don't know yet how long the body was in the car, and they did not release the dead man's name as of Wednesday evening.

In a statement, police said the shooting "was not a random crime" and believe the victim was the intended target of the gunfire.

Although they said it was not clear if more than one person was involved in the shooting, detectives said they "confirmed" the shooter or shooters fled from the 100 block of Pine Street before the body was discovered.

Investigators believe the man is a cabdriver, Sgt. John White said. An autopsy was planned for Wednesday evening.

Police appealed to the public for tips, and announced a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for the murder. The reward was offered through the nonprofit New York State Crime Stoppers. Anyone with information about the murder can call 1-866-313-8477.

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