Man Dies After Being Shot in Gambling Dispute on St. Nicholas Avenue in Harlem

By Jeff Mays on August 6, 2010 8:51am | Updated on August 13, 2010 1:19pm

A man died Thursday after being shot in a Harlem variety store.
A man died Thursday after being shot in a Harlem variety store.
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By Ben Fractenberg and Jeff Mays

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HARLEM — An Inwood man died in Harlem Hospital Thursday after being shot two days earlier during a gambling dispute, police said.

Tujuan Ford, 37, was shot in the neck Tuesday around 2:20 a.m. inside Harlem Knights Variety, Inc. at St. Nicholas Avenue and 148th Street.

Emergency responders rushed him to the hospital in critical condition.

Ford is the brother of Trent Benefield, who was shot three times in the 2006 Sean Bell shooting, the New York Daily News reported. Bell was shot and killed by police the night before his wedding.

"It needs to stop!" the News quoted Denise Ford, the mother of Benefield and Tujuan Ford, saying as she left her son's funeral yesterday.

Ford leaves behind three children ranging in age from 1 to 17.

The location where Ford was shot is actually a private address that plays host to illegal gambling, NYPD sources said.

Police are unsure what caused the dispute, but noted an argument broke out before the shooting occurred.

Police added that there have been no complaints of illegal gambling at that location.

"I work by myself but close at 10 p.m., and I'm good," said Muhammed Ahmed, owner of the Harlem Discount Deli on the same corner. "Everyone is safe [at] that time"

No suspects have been arrested, and the incident remains under investigation, NYPD sources said.

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