UPPER WEST SIDE — An ex-con who served time for weapons possession shot a man in front of the Frederick Douglass Houses after his mother's credit card was used fraudulently to buy gifts for a prisoner, police said.
Niiamarte Cintron, 45, shot the 44-year-old victim — whose daughter charged Cintron's mother's credit card — in the shoulder and the neck, police said.
The victim's daughter was using the credit card last year to pay for care packages she was sending to a prisoner, explained 24th Precinct Deputy Inspector Marlon Larin. It was not immediately clear how much she had charged to the card or where the inmate was imprisoned.
The dispute came to a head on Aug. 5 outside 865 Columbus Ave. at around 10 p.m., when Cintron shot the 44-year-old man twice, authorities said.
The victim's wounds "required him to be admitted to the hospital for over 20 days, during some of which time he had to use a respirator in order to breathe," a criminal complaint said.
Cintron fled the scene, but police tracked him down and arrested him on Aug. 25, Larin said.
He was charged with assault, attempted murder and criminal possession of a weapon, according to the Manhattan District Attorney's Office. His bail was set at $50,000.
Cintron was also arrested on Jan. 20 in The Bronx and charged with criminal possession of cocaine with the intent to sell and criminal possession of marijuana, records show.
In 2002, he served about 18 months at the Wyoming Correctional Facility in Attica, New York ,for criminal possession of a weapon, according to state records.
Cintron's lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.