Woman, man shot dead in separate Downtown Manhattan shootings: 'Too scary' – New York Daily News

The victim was near E. 14th St. and Irving Place in the tony Gramercy Park neighborhood when a heavyset masked man dressed in all black stormed up and opened fire about 5 a.m., cops said. (Theodore Parisienne/for New York Daily News)
A woman and a man were fatally shot in the head in a grim nine-hour span Thursday in Downtown Manhattan, according to police.
In the first incident, the 25-year-old woman was near E. 14th St. and Irving Place in the tony Gramercy Park neighborhood when a heavyset masked man dressed in all black stormed up and opened fire around 5 a.m., cops said.
The victim was walking home from work at an IHOP location on E. 14 St. when she was gunned down, ABC 7 reported.
A 25-year-old woman was fatally shot in the head a block from Union Square Park in Lower Manhattan early Friday, police said. (Theodore Parisienne/for New York Daily News)
The woman, whose name was not immediately released, died at the scene.
The gunman ran off and has not been caught.
Later in the day and about a mile away, Dillin Tolentino, 26, got into a gang-related argument in the courtyard of a building near the intersection of Szold Pl. and E. 12th St. in Alphabet City, cops and sources said.
The dispute turned violent when someone pulled out a gun and shot Tolentino in the face around 1:45 p.m., according to police.
“I ran over and he was face-up,” Wil Galoza, who witnessed the shooting, told the Daily News. “He was shot in the face and the back of his head.”
The shooter, described by police as a Black man in his thirties wearing all black, took off westbound on E. 12 St. and is still being sought.
The victim was near E. 14th St. and Irving Place in the tony Gramercy Park neighborhood when a heavyset masked man dressed in all black stormed up and opened fire about 5 a.m., cops said. (Theodore Parisienne/for New York Daily News)
“He just lay there motionless,” said Galoza, 55. “When they put him in the ambulance, it looked like he was gone. He was not moving at all.”
Tolentino was rushed to Bellevue Hospital, but he could not be saved.
The victim lived just blocks from the grisly scene of his demise, in an apartment where his family arrived home after learning he had died.
The reason for the dispute leading to Tolentino’s death was not immediately known. He previously did a four-year prison stint for attempted murder and got out last year.
“He was very loved,” said his aunt Siomara Tolentino. “He comes from a great family. His life was tragically taken for no good reason.”
A 25-year-old woman was fatally shot in the head a block from Union Square Park in Lower Manhattan early Friday, police said. (Theodore Parisienne/for New York Daily News)
After the morning slaying near Union Square Park, a food cart operator setting up for the day said he was just feet from the shooting when he heard a loud bang.
“Saw there was a dead body,” said Sharafat Ghadeer, 51. “Too scary.”
A New York University freshman was awoken by the gunfire on his first day of university classes.
“Our government should do better,” said Maximillian Stebelsky, 18. “Shootings don’t happen for no reason.”
NYPD officers and detectives investigate a shooting at Szold Pl. and E. 12th St. on Thursday in Manhattan. (Barry Williams/for New York Daily News)
Mayor Adams said the shooting was not random and that the woman was the intended target.
“We don’t have much more than that at this time, but again, it really highlights what the governor and I talked about yesterday and what we are continuing to talk about — the over-proliferation of guns on our streets and people using them for violent means,” Hizzoner said.
The earlier incident was the second slaying in two days within the 13th precinct, which hadn’t seen any homicides all year until this week.
Around 12:50 a.m. Wednesday, a 38-year-old man got into an argument with his killer on Seventh Ave. near W. 28th St. in Chelsea.
As the two fought, the assailant pulled a knife and plunged it into the victim’s chest multiple times, cops said.
Medics rushed Jamal Burton, of East New York, Brooklyn, to Lenox Hill Hospital, where he died. The killer ran off and has not been caught.
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