Detectives are seeking two men seen fleeing the scene where a 14-year-old Bronx boy was gunned down outside his home early Friday in what investigators suspect was a gang-related killing.
Christopher Duran was shot three times in the abdomen and once in the head as he walked a short distance from his home on Sheridan Avenue in the Morrisania section, according to police. Duran was pronounced dead at the scene by EMS responders.
Duran, who law enforcement officials said had five arrests as a juvenile, was believed to have been on his way to school at 8:30 a.m. when two men were seen arguing with him.
Police said the two suspects fled the scene south on Sheridan Avenue, and officers were asking the public's help in identifying and apprehending them. One suspect was described as a man wearing all black clothing and the other was described as a male wearing a light-colored hooded sweatshirt with dark sleeves, blue jeans and a red bandanna covering his face. Police released a photograph showing the man with the light-colored sweatshirt.
The killing of Duran comes just before the start of the Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of summer, which is historically a time of increased shootings and homicides. Although most serious crimes are down in the city, homicides have increased 12.2 percent, to 119 compared with 106 in the same period last year. Shootings have jumped 5.6 percent, to 390 compared with 369 in 2014.
Relatives and friends of Duran told reporters he was a good kid and disputed reports that he had a record as a juvenile offender.
Law enforcement officials said police suspect the shooting was gang-related. But an NYPD spokeswoman said late Friday that there was no information about whether Duran was the target. Police were checking to see if a video of the shooting would be made available.
Police are asking anyone with information to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. All calls are kept confidential.