NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The hunt is on for a suspect who police say opened fire outside a Brooklyn bodega, killing a 16-year-old boy. It happened Sunday afternoon in East New York. Witnesses say 16-year-old Justin Richey was involved in some kind of dispute. He then went into the bodega and when he walked out, a man pulled out a gun and shot him, CBS2’s Jenna DeAngelis reported. The teen than ran across the street where he collapsed near Blake Avenue and Pine Street. When officers arrived, police said they found Richey with multiple gunshot wounds to the torso. “He’s trying to run and he collapsed,” Asm Aladdin said. “My kids every day come out and want to play but now, from yesterday, they don’t want to come outside the house. We are very scared.” The teen was taken to Brookdale Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police are now investigating the possibility that the shooting was gang-related, DeAngelis reported. A community advocate was at the scene Monday, calling for change. “It’s just a tragedy and it has to stop. We have to find a way to figure out some solution to get these guns out of these kid’s hands,” Michael Thomas said. The teen, who was known by his friends as Richey, was described as a funny guy. They say he worked odd jobs, anything from yard work to cleaning, just to help his mom and siblings. “The reason he was working so hard was to take care of his family,” said friend Decory Peele. “He would clean up, walk dogs — he just did anything anybody asked him.” The NYPD added that the alleged shooter was last seen in a red t-shirt and grey sweatpants. Their investigation is ongoing.
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Search On For Suspect In Fatal Shooting Of Brooklyn Teen