HARLEM — A young man who dreamed of becoming a dentist died and another man was injured after a shooting in Harlem Wednesday night, police and the victim's relatives said.
Muhammad Adbal-Aziz, 23, of Harlem, was found shot in the head and body multiple times at the corner of Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard and West 112th Street at about 8:06 p.m., the NYPD said.
He was pronounced dead at Mount Sinai St. Luke's Hospital, police said.
His father, Marzuq Muhammad, said his son dreamed of making a career in "dentistry".
On Monday the NYPD released a video of a person of interest wanted for questioning. The man is seen holding a large umbrella wearing a black jacket.
"He was a very good guy," the distressed father, 63, said on Thursday morning in front of the family home on 116th street.
"He just got involved with the wrong crowd. I don't know what he was doing." He said he saw his son an hour before he was shot. Relatives said Abdal-Aziz was home playing with his nephews before going out.
"He said he'd come right back. He didn't," said one of his relatives who didn't want her name published, "It's not gang related, none of that," the 28-year-old woman added.
Adbal-Aziz worked at a trucking company, his uncle said. "Muhammad was a great kid, very respectful," said the relative, George Donaldson, 64. "He had a bright future."
A 34-year-old man who was also shot in the torso hailed a taxi a block away and took himself to Harlem Hospital, where he was listed in critical but stable condition, police said.
No arrests had been made as of Thursday morning.