Teenager shot by bike-riding gunman in Soho identified as Brooklyn student

The teenager who was shot dead outside a posh Soho hotel by a gunman riding on Citi Bike in a brazen daylight attack has now been identified.

Mahki Brown, 16, died after being shot in the head in front of the Dominick Hotel on Spring Street shortly before 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, police said.

The teen, who lived in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, was rushed to Bellevue Hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said.

The shooting, which occurred across the street from Chelsea Vocational and Technical High School, may be linked to the school, police sources said.

Citizen video shows the scene where a person was allegedly shot near SPring St. and Varick St in Manhattan on Tuesday, May 7, 2024.
The teen was rushed to Bellevue Hospital with life-threatening injuries, police sources said. Citizen application

The slain teen, who was also shot twice in the leg, was a student at nearby Broome Street Academy Charter High School, sources said.

It was not immediately clear whether Brown was the intended target, but sources indicated the gunfire may have erupted following an argument between two groups of girls earlier in the day.

No arrests have yet been made, police said.

Immediately after the shooting, a wounded Brown collapsed in an alley next to the Dominick Hotel, horrified witnesses recalled.

“It was sickening,” Justo Cruz, a security guard who works in the area, told the Post.

“He was just lying there looking unconscious. I saw blood on the shirt but didn’t look. Nothing nice. It was a human on the ground. It was like a movie.

Citizen video shows the scene where a person was allegedly shot near SPring St. and Varick St. in Manhattan on Tuesday, May 7, 2024.
There was no immediate information on a motive for the shooting. Citizen application

“No matter how nice a place is or things like that, you always have to be on alert in a sense,” Cruz added. “SoHo good vibes, good energy, very diverse. You don’t expect certain things in a nice neighborhood.

Meanwhile, a guard at the nearby parking lot said he ran for cover after hearing at least two gunshots.

“I was protecting myself because we didn’t know where the sound was coming from,” he said. “People were running so I ran too.”

New York Post

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