Brooklyn’s Bay Ridge neighborhood was rocked by gunfire on Friday afternoon when two people were shot outside the PluggedIn Sneaker Boutique. The incident occurred around 4:15 p.m. at 9413 Fifth Avenue, leaving a bullet-riddled scene in an otherwise quiet area.
Eyewitnesses reported that the victims were in a dark gray Hyundai Sonata, which had just left the sneaker shop. A white Mercedes was seen circling the block, and someone inside appeared to be targeting somebody. Suddenly, shots rang out, and witnesses heard six bangs in quick succession. A man ran over to the car and started shooting, while a young woman collapsed in front of the store after being shot in the leg.
The victims were taken to NYU Langone Hospital Brooklyn in stable condition and are expected to survive.
The shooting has left the community in shock. The store’s owners said that their security guard did his best to protect other customers, pulling down the gate and closing for the day.
Authorities are currently searching for at least one suspect, described as a man wearing a light blue track suit. He fled in an unknown direction, and it’s not clear yet who the intended target was or the motive behind the shooting. Detectives are going through a lot of footage from the area’s cameras to identify the suspect.
The PluggedIn Sneaker Boutique is a popular store, and witnesses believe that the victims may have been waiting for a release of a new sneaker.