Columbia Triple Murder Suspect Caught on Tape Walking Calmly From Scene
MANHATTAN — Police are looking for a suspect in an execution-style triple homicide near Columbia University who was caught on tape calmly walking away from the murder scene.
The suspect, wearing a white T-shirt, carrying a bag and holding his left hand to his head, allegedly killed Heriberto Suazo, Luis Catalan and Amaury Rodriguez, in a BMW parked on 122nd Street and Claremont Avenue in retaliation for an earlier drug robbery, sources said.
"These guys are marijuana dealers who have engaged in ripping off other dealers," a police source said of the victims.
Sources said that the suspect was with the three victims in the $88,000 car Wednesday evening when he whipped out a revolver and began shooting.
He shot Catalan, who was sitting next to him, and then turned the gun on Suazo and Rodriguez, who was in the driver's seat, according to the sources.
Sources said that investigators know who the man captured in the surveillance footage is.
The murders stunned the residents near the scene, which is next to the Manhattan School of Music and the Jewish Theological Seminary.
According to sources, all of the victims have arrest records including possessing or selling marijuana.