NYPD crime: Retired NYPD detective among 2 shot dead in Harlem

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HARLEM, Manhattan (WABC) — Two people were shot in Harlem on Tuesday morning, including a retired NYPD detective.

The shots were fired on Lenox Avenue just north of 125th Street around 7 a.m.

The 60-year-old man was shot in the abdomen and a 21-year-old man was grazed in the neck. Both victims were transported to Harlem Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police said it appears the 21-year-old was the intended target of the shooting. He is not cooperating with police and authorities say the shooting appears to be gang-related.

Surveillance video obtained by Eyewitness News shows a man wearing a white hoodie standing outside a smoking room.

A man all wearing black and white trainers then walks by with two friends and pulls a gun from his jacket pocket, before shooting the man in the white hoodie.

This man, accompanied by a second man, returned fire. One of these two friends passing by scraped his neck before they all ran off.

The 60-year-old victim retired from the NYPD in 2006 and is currently an investigative consultant with ACS.

Police say he was in the wrong place at the wrong time and was carrying bags as he walked straight into the gunfire.

ACS Commissioner Jess Dannhauser issued the following statement:

“This morning one of ACS’s dedicated staff members was shot and killed on his way to work. We thank the first responders and hospital staff caring for our colleague. On behalf of all staff from ACS – who does vital work for children and families in NYC – we wish him a very speedy recovery.”

Dannhauser said the victim was in good spirits and surrounded by friends and family.

No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.

“Our retired member’s morning shooting on the streets of Harlem is further evidence of the city’s ongoing crime crisis – and yet another case overloaded with NYPD detectives to investigate,” said DEA Chairman Paul DiGiacomo. “On his way to work, like hundreds of others in his neighborhood, he is lucky to be alive. New Yorkers cannot become numb to this violence – and the politicians who have emboldened these criminals with their Failed laws must be rejected!”

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