BROOKLYN — A man was shot and killed in East New York Thursday night, authorities said.
The unidentified 25-year-old victim was found with a gunshot wound to the head outside 801 Dumont Ave. near Van Siclen Avenue, after police responded to scene about 8:55 p.m., the NYPD said.
Renee Brown, 53, who lives nearby on Van Siclen Avenue, said she heard what she thought was firecrackers — until she looked out her window and saw cops and fire trucks.
"I was saying, 'My God! What happened?" Brown said. "I said a prayer for him and his family because I know they're gonna need it."
The unidentified man was taken to Brookdale Hospital and pronounced dead, police said.
Friends set up a small makeshift memorial on Dumont Avenue on Friday. Alex Smith, 18, who said he grew up with the victim and lit a candle for him at the site, described the victim as a "good kid" who "kept to himself."
By Friday afternoon, several friends had gathered around the collection of candles and shared memories.
"He was a great person. He didn't do anything to anybody," said Romeo Santos, 25.
Donnell Street, 20, said the man wasn't a troublemaker, and certainly would not have done anything to spark a shooting.
"He was cool, a laid back person," Street said. "I think it was cruel and uncalled for. Foolishness."
No one has been arrested. Police said the investigation is ongoing.