BROOKLYN — A teenage bystander was killed when would-be muggers tried to rob another man, but then opened fire in East Flatbush Wednesday night, police said.
A 24-year-old man was at 1003 Willmohr St., near East 92nd Street, minutes before midnight when a gunman came up and demanded money, an NYPD spokesman said.
Two more armed men joined the mugger and then opened fire, police said. Witnesses told police they heard four shots, officials said.
A stray bullet hit Cedric McEaddy, 17, in the torso, police said.
McEaddy, who lived nearby on East 95th Street, was pronounced dead at Brookdale Hospital, police said.
The other man, whose name wasn't immediately released, was hit in the right hand and hip and treated at the same hospital where he was listed in stable condition, police said.
"He's a very polite young man," said Nebert Cox, 53, who lives on the same floor as the 24-year-old victim and said he used to help carry her groceries.
"We never had anything like this," she added. "We're like family here."
Police don't believe the 24-year-old knew McEaddy.
There were no immediate arrests, police said. One of the suspects wore a red hoodie, police said.
McEaddy's death was the second gun-related homicide in the neighborhood Wednesday night, according to police.
About four hours earlier, Dwayne Stephens was gunned down on Avenue D, police said. There were no immediate arrests in that shooting either.