Son of NYU VP Shot in Drug-Related Shooting, Reports Say

By DNAinfo Staff on November 3, 2010 9:13am  | Updated on November 3, 2010 10:35am

Alex Bongard, son an NYU Senior Vice President, was shot in the chest in his apartment at 185 Bleecker St. late Monday night.
Alex Bongard, son an NYU Senior Vice President, was shot in the chest in his apartment at 185 Bleecker St. late Monday night.
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By Olivia Scheck

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

MANHATTAN — The son of a prominent NYU official has been identified as one of the victims in a Greenwich Village shooting which took place on Monday night, according to published reports.

Alex Bongard, son of NYU Senior Vice President for Development and Alumni Affairs Debra LaMorte, was shot in the chest in his apartment at 185 Bleecker St., during what appears to have been a drug-related robbery, the New York Post and the Daily News reported.

LaMorte helped launch a high profile fundraising effort for the university in 2004, which ultimately yielded $3.1 billion, according to her university profile and NYU's Washington Square News.

Both victims of the Monday night shooting, which injured two men – ages 24 and 31 – were in stable condition at Bellevue Hospital Wednesday morning, according to police.

The 24-year-old, who the reports identified as Bongard, and the 31-year-old, identified as Lucas Hinde, were each shot once in the chest during the incident which took place in the apartment on Bleecker Street and MacDougal around 11:15 p.m., the NYPD said.

Hinde was recently released from Arizona state prison, after serving time for his role in a national marijuana drug ring, the Post and the News reported. Marijuana was recovered at the scene and police suspect that Bongard was selling drugs from the ritzy apartment building, where units rent for $2,400 a month, according to the papers.

A similar incident, in which a 21–year-old Pace student was shot dead while selling pot from his downtown luxury apartment, took place last month.

No arrests had been made as of Wednesday morning, police said.

Police believe the Bleeker Street shooting may have been drug related.
Police believe the Bleeker Street shooting may have been drug related.
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