Sunday, October 16, 2016
A man was critically injured when he was shot while leaving a book launch party in Manhattan Sunday morning, police sources said.
The 44-year-old victim was shot six times in the chest, abdomen and groin as he exited the building where the party was being held on West 22nd Street between Sixth and Seventh avenues shortly before 1 a.m.
A team of police officers happened to be patrolling the block when the shots rang out and saw a man running toward a black Mercedes Benz, officials said.
The man got into the vehicle, which peeled off and sped past the cops, who immediately gave chase, police said.
The driver of the car sped through several red lights before losing control and causing a fender bender with the pursuing police car.
The cops swarmed the car and apprehended three men police said.
A handgun was recovered from the car.
Ramel Harkless, 38, was charged with criminal possession and use of a firearm, cops said.
Joseph Saunders, 43, was charged with possession of a weapon while 46-year-old Barry Wiles was charged with possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment.
The victim was taken to Bellevue Hospital in critical but stable condition.
The circumstances surrounding the shooting remain unclear at this time, police said.