LOWER EAST SIDE — The NYPD has released an image of the suspect connected with a Saturday night shooting outside a Forsyth Street barbershop that left a father of three young children dead.
Police are hunting for 21-year-old Joshua Nunez in connection with the murder of Charles Fernandez, who was shot when a fight with a group of men escalated at about 9:30 p.m. at 110 Forsyth St., according to police and relatives.
Friends rushed Fernandez, 29, in a taxi to Bellevue Hospital Center, where he died.
The family will hold a memorial service at Provenzano Lanza Funeral on Second Avenue Wednesday from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.
Richard Fernandez, 30, the victim's brother, described Charles — who had two girls, ages 7 and 3, and a 2-year-old boy — as a loving, charismatic father who would do anything for his family.
"His joy was seeing his kids' faces," Richard Fernandez said. "For Christmas, he wouldn't just buy people one gift. He'd shower them with gifts, and he didn't want anything in return."
Richard Fernandez, who claimed he had been involved in Saturday night's fight, said the shooting was the latest act of violence in a beef that began New Year's Day when some men from the neighborhood roughed up the brothers' 17-year-old cousin with baseball bats, and stole his wallet and phone.