A man died after getting shot in the chest just steps away from the Apollo Theater in Harlem late Tuesday afternoon, police said, one of two deadly shootings in the area in the span of hours.
The latter shooting took place near West 125th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard before 4 p.m., police said. It was not immediately clear what led to the shooting, but investigators said a bag of marijuana was found at the scene and the shooting may have been a drug deal gone bad.
The victim, a 23-year-old man, was shot multiple times in his chest. He was rushed to Mt. Sinai Hospital in critical condition, where police said he died. His identity has not yet been released, pending family notification.
Police are searching for the alleged gunman, who was described as wearing a black bubble jacket with brown fur, black sweat pants and blue and white sneakers. He took off on foot after the shooting, heading east on 125th Street.
That happened just hours after another man was shot and killed near East 103rd Street and Third Avenue in East Harlem. Police said 26-year-old Davantay Butts was also shot multiple times in the chest and pronounced at the hospital, just before noon.
The pair of killings were the 28th and 29th of the year across NYC, averaging nearly one per day.
No arrests have yet been made in either shooting. Investigations are ongoing.