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Man Shot After Argument on Harlem Street, Police Say

By  Ben Fractenberg and Rachelle Blidner | April 18, 2016 5:10pm 

 A man was shot on West 129th Street between Lenox and Fifth avenues Monday afternoon, April 18, 2016.
A man was shot on West 129th Street between Lenox and Fifth avenues Monday afternoon, April 18, 2016.
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MANHATTAN — A man was shot in Harlem Monday afternoon after an argument near Lenox Avenue, according to police officials.

The shooting happened in front of 34 W. 129th St. between Lenox and Fifth avenues at about 4:20 p.m., officials said, after the victim got into a fight with one other person. 

"Words were exchanged and there was an argument and next thing you know is shots fired," an NYPD community affairs spokeswoman said at the scene. 

Police don't believe the incident was part of an ongoing feud, the spokeswoman added.

The man's injuries were serious but he was expected to survive, police said.

He was taken to Harlem Hospital for treatment, fire officials said.

Francis Wiseman, 51, said he heard about four or five shots on West 129th. 

"I was on the phone with my girlfriend at the time. I just heard 'pop pop' and ran for cover," said Wiseman, who works as a super on the block. "The cops came and told us to go inside."

Jim Blackshear, 75, said he was in his backyard with his wife, Delores, when the shots rang out. 

"It was powerful," Blackshear said. "I came out and saw everyone running."

Blackshear added that the area has improved since they moved in in 1995. 

"Our block has gone 360 degrees, when we came it was really really bad."

Police said the victim is not cooperating with investigators.