The victim, 37, was dining at the Seafood King Fish Market in Washington Heights just before 2 a.m. on Wednesday when the shooting happened, reported WABC.
Surveillance footage shows the suspect was just moments away from walking out of the store with a bag full of cash and cell phones when he decided to shoot the victim.
‘I don’t know if the victim saw it coming, the victim just had his property taken, cell phone and money while he was eating, and I’m sure he was watching the encounter with the second victim who was an employee at the location,’ said Lt. John Russo.
‘It just seemed as the perpetrator was running out the door, he turned around and fired a shot, striking the victim in the hood.’
Witnesses said the suspect first sat at the counter and ordered food, then left the restaurant, came back in and went to the bathroom, then started the hold up.
The cashier had filled a plastic bag with cash from the restaurant and her cell phone when the suspect told her get down behind the counter before shooting the victim.
Police described the suspect as about 5’5 with a medium complexion and was said to have been wearing a black mask and black clothing. They also noted he was brandishing a blue handgun.