CLAREMONT — A gang member was fatally shot in the chest outside a bodega in what appeared to be an unprovoked attack after midnight on Friday, an NYPD spokeswoman said.
Kareem Moye, 27, was outside the shop at 300 E. 170th St., near College Avenue, about 12:46 a.m., when a man came up and shot him, according to authorities.
Witnesses who were in the bodega at the time heard about three shots.
"He was lying right by the door, bleeding. They shot him right in the heart," said Chris, whose uncle owns the business. He declined to share his last name.
Moye, who lived nearby on Morris Avenue, was pronounced dead at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital, police said.
The gunman, who was dressed in a black hoodie and blue jeans, fled the scene and wasn't immediately arrested, police said.
Footage from the scene shows people in the doorway of the bodega, surrounding what appears to be Moye lying on the concrete.
The motive for the shooting wasn't immediately clear, an NYPD spokeswoman said.
Moye, who belongs to a street gang member, has been arrested 26 times on various charges including assault, drug possession and robbery as far back as 25, police said.
On Nov. 17, he was charged with lying to a police officer who arrested him for marijuana possession, court records show. He paid a $500 cash bond and was released Nov. 19, records show.
That day he was also charged with with hitting and slashing his girlfriend in February, according to a spokesman for the Bronx District Attorney's office. An order of protection was issued against him, records show.
He was also charged on Nov. 18 with a burglary, police said.
Police records for 12 of his arrests are sealed, an NYPD spokeswoman said.