One man was shot to death Monday and two others wounded, one critically, on the steps of a subway entrance near Penn Station in an altercation suspected of being drug-related, police said.
An NYPD official said the shooting occurred about 6:14 a.m. and investigators believe it followed an exchange of words inside a McDonald's on Eighth Avenue near 35th Street.
The shooter and two other men are being sought.
The three victims were in the fast-food restaurant when two people came in and engaged them in conversation, then left, followed by the victims, Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said.
"Those three individuals who ended up being shot were followed into the subway," Boyce said. "We have that on videotape right now. Four shots were fired, striking all three."
A law enforcement official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the official wasn't permitted to discuss an ongoing investigation, identified the dead man as Angel Quinones, 43. Police said his body was found at the bottom of subway stairs. The official identified the man who was shot in the neck and stomach as William Lamboy, 45, and the other victim as Eddy Torres, 48.
All three men had lengthy arrest records, mostly for drug charges, the official said.
Boyce said a heavyset man in a black hooded sweatshirt fired four times at the victims.
Torres, who was speaking to detectives, provided much of the narrative to investigators, Boyce said. Lamboy was taken to the hospital in critical condition, officials said.
Two men who attend a methadone program at the nearby West Midtown Medical Group, said they knew Quinones and Lamboy.
"They were real nice guys, straight guys," said Michael Gessow, 39, of the Bronx, who said he has been coming to the clinic for 10 years. "I can't believe it."
With The Associated Press