Two people thought to be in their 20s or 30s were found shot to death at a three-story walk-up in Manhattan that houses a recording studio, officials said Thursday -- and they're looking into whether the killings may be linked to an old case.
No arrests have been made in connection with the gunfire that erupted at the building on West 37th Street in Hell's Kitchen shortly after midnight.
One man who has yet to be identified was found in front of the building. He was shot in the back and was pronounced dead a short time later, police said. Cops said a handgun was found on that victim.
As police tended to that victim, other officers went inside the three-story walkup. At the top, on the third floor, which is also a recording studio, they found 34-year-old Kamir King, of Manhattan. He had been shot in the head and also was pronounced dead at a hospital. Police said they're unsure of the relationship between the two victims.
Police believe three or four suspects fled the scene after the shooting, though they're asking the public for help describing the shooter or shooters. Top NYPD officials said at a news conference Thursday that they are looking into whether the shooting may be linked to gunshots fired almost exactly a year ago, on May 7, 2021, about two blocks away. They didn't immediately provide any additional information on that case.
It's unclear at this point if Thursday's victims knew their killers. The NYPD said Thursday it was withholding the name of the recording studio at this stage in their investigation.
Police are canvassing the area for video and ballistics evidence. A search warrant for the site of Thursday's shooting is pending, officials said.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.