NYPD: Man Dies Following Shooting Near Apollo Theater
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- A man died after a shooting in Harlem on Tuesday.
It happened just a few doors down from the Apollo Theater.
Barbara Dixon was in the bank on 125th Street around 4 p.m. when gunshots rang out just across the street.
"As I was depositing my money, I heard three gunshots. I see so many people running," she told CBS2's Nick Caloway.
A 23-year-old man was shot in the chest during a dispute. The victim was taken to St. Luke's, where he later died.
The gunman ran off.
"I come out the bank, there's a boy laid out here, shot," Dixon said.
It was the second fatal shooting of the day in Harlem.
Not far away, at 103rd Street and Third Avenue, a 26-year-old man died after he was shot multiple times just after 11 a.m.
The year is already off to a violent start. So far, there have been 94 shootings. That's compared to 71 this time in 2021.
"It's a shame, man. It's a shame. It's like it's never ending. Reminds me of the late '70s and '80s. It's like a gun battle every single day. You just ask God to protect you when you leave home that you make it back, you know?" East Harlem resident Alex Ramos said.
"Yes, it is getting worse," said Chaplain Robert Rice, a clergy liaison for the NYPD.
In the last two years, he visited more than 800 families of victims of gun violence.
"It's wearing and tearing on me, as a chaplain," he said.
Dixon gets around on a scooter, and thanks to the rise in violence, she is constantly fearful that she could be next.
"Because I can't jump and run and duck, so I come out once in a while. It's very bad here. It has to stop. It's gotta end," she said.
She told Caloway, "This is 125th Street. It should be a place to enjoy yourself." Instead, it's a crime scene.
CBS2's Nick Caloway contributed to this report.
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