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Man Shot In Head In East Village Public Housing Development

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- A man was shot in the head Friday afternoon in an East Village public housing development.

The shooting happened just after 4 p.m. at 118 Avenue D at East 8th Street, in the New York City Housing Authority's Jacob Riis Houses, officials said.

The victim – a 23-year-old man – was taken to NYU Health + Hospitals/Bellevue in critical condition after being shot several times, police said. He suffered a gunshot wound to the head, police told 1010 WINS.

The narrative leading up to the shooting was not known late Friday afternoon.

Police said two suspects fled the scene. One suspect was earlier described as a man about 5 feet 10 inches tall wearing a gray shirt and blue pants, Dan Rice reported from Chopper 2.

A large police presence remained on Avenue D as of the 5 p.m. hour. Avenue D was shut down between 7th and 9th streets.

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