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17-year-old boy fatally shot in broad daylight shooting in New York City

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A 17-year-old boy was killed Friday afternoon in Upper Manhattan in a broad daylight shooting as bystanders took cover, police and witnesses said.

Chaos unfolded around 3:20 p.m. near 148th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue in Hamilton Heights when a gunman fired a barrage of bullets into the busy street, police said.

When first responders arrived, they found the 17-year-old who had been shot multiple times in the back, police said. He was transported to Harlem Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

Witness Antonio Roboostoff was in his apartment overlooking the scene when he heard gunshots and looked out at crowds ducking into the subway and hiding behind cars.

“I looked out and tried to catch a beat from the day we had and I heard ‘pop-pop-pop-pop’ and I see everyone running down the street,” Roboostoff said.

Police surrounded a recording studio close to the crime scene after receiving a tip that the suspect had barricaded himself inside.
Police surrounded a recording studio close to the crime scene after receiving a tip that the suspect had barricaded himself inside.
Robert Miller
The suspect was not found in the recording studio when authorities arrived at nightfall.
The suspect was not found in the recording studio when authorities arrived at nightfall.
Thomas E. Gaston
"I see people running through the subway and it's like chaos in this street that I've never seen before," said witness Antonio Roboostoff.
“I see people running through the subway and it’s like chaos on this street, which I’ve never seen before,” said witness Antonio Roboostoff.
Robert Miller

“I see people running through the subway and it’s like chaos in this street, which I’ve never seen before. Nobody knew what was going on. It was a shock to so many people.”

After the deadly shooting, police surrounded a nearby recording studio after receiving reports that the suspected gunman had barricaded himself at the location, police and sources said.

Authorities stayed on the scene for several hours, but when they finally entered the studio at nightfall, no one was there, police said.

Sources said investigators may have received a false tip or the suspect may have fled through the back of the building.

No arrests were made late Friday.

Another witness, Will Smith, said he has never felt unsafe in the area.

“This is unusual” [for this neighborhood],” he said. “I am stunned to say the least.”

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