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Two men, Mustafa Tarver and Christopher Alleyn,and an innocent bystander killed when gunfire erupts on Bronx street, Thursday morning

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Three killed when gunfire erupts on Bronx street
A man walked up to Mustafa Tarver and Christopher Alleyn, in the Bronx, NY  and opened fire on them Thursday morning
 Tarver and Alleyn, both 33, were killed after being shot in the head
The third victim, Arileida Jimenez, 45, was fatally shot in the shooting although she had nothing to do with either party
Tarver and Alleyne, reportedly were “best friends” but the gunman’s intended target was Tarver, cops said
The shooter remains at large, but authorities released photos of the male suspect caught on surveillance camera

Three people were killed in a barrage of gunfire near a strip mall in The Bronx on the first day of summer Thursday — and the victims include an apparently innocent bystander, police said.
The mayhem erupted on Castle Hill Avenue between Cincinnatus and Randall Avenues nearby NYCHA’s Castle Hill Houses at about 9:45 a.m., sending fearful bystanders ducking for cover.

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Victims: Best friends Mustafa Tarver [left] and Christopher Alleyn [right] were both executed by the gunman, although the target was Tarver – police

The gunman walked up towards two of the victims, identified by sources as Mustafa Tarver, 33, and Christopher Alleyne, 33, “and began firing at them,” said NYPD assistant chief of detectives in the Bronx Jason Wilcox.
The shooter, who remains at-large, “fired several shots from in front of 620 Castle Hill Avenue,” Wilcox said.
Police on Thursday night released a grainy image of a person of interest – a man in shorts, a blue shirt or sweater and a black baseball cap.
Tarver and Alleyne, who locals said were “best friends” and fathers who lived at the Castle Hill Houses, suffered gunshot wounds to the head. Law enforcement sources said Tarver was the gunman’s intended target.

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Innocent victim: Arileida Jimenez was killed although she had nothing to do with either party to the beef

The third victim, identified by sources as Arileida Jimenez, 45, also of the Castle Hill Houses, was shot in the torso: “It appears as if she might be an innocent bystander, but the investigation is very early in its stages,” said Wilcox, adding that it was not immediately known what led up to the morning shooting.
All three victims were rushed to Jacobi Medical Center, where they were pronounced dead.
Multiple witnesses said they saw Jimenez sitting at a Healthfirst insurance table set up outside the Mannam Medical Center before the shooting. It was not immediately known whether she worked for either entity.
“She had nothing to do with [the shooting]. She just got shot – caught in the crossfire,” Mark said.

Bloody street scene after Thursday's shooting in the Bronx.jpgThe bloody crime scene after  a shooting that killed three people in the Bronx on June 21

Mark said he saw one of the fatal victims run down the street bleeding before collapsing in front of a parked Honda SUV.
“He was spitting up blood. Blood was pouring out of him,” Mark said. “He ran and fell where the blood is. He was pouring out blood on the sidewalk.”
Mark, who knew the victim from the neighborhood, called him “the nicest guy. I never saw him bother anyone.”
Christina Aguilera, 25, a waitress at the nearby Shore Haven Diner said that one of the men who was a regular at the diner
“He came in, asked me to use the bathroom. After he was done, he walked out and got shot dead right in front of the diner,” said Aguilera, who noted that she had come out of the diner right behind the man to return a bracelet to another customer.

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Police released this photo of a man described as a person of interest in the Bronx killings

“He looked lifeless,” said Aguilera, who said she also works as an EMT.
“He was laying on the ground. The artery in his neck was shooting blood out onto the ground.”
Aguilera, who just started working at the diner three weeks ago, said: “There was a lady who jumped on top of him screaming: ‘Why, why, why, no, no!’ It looked like it could be his mother.”
Following the shooting, the gunman, wearing dark clothes, fled on foot towards Randall Avenue and police were searching a building at the Castle Hill Houses for him.
Authorities say they have surveillance footage that “paints a picture of what occurred with the shooting” and they are actively looking for more.
Police were also looking into whether the shooting was gang-related.

 

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