Moment man leaving illegal Manhattan gambling den with wad of cash in his HAND is ambushed and shot twice by gunmen who leapt from SUV in attempt to steal his winnings
- A man was robbed and shot by a pair of gunman who ambushed him in Washington Heights after he left an illegal gambling den with cash in hand
- The unnamed 25-year-old man left the gambling hotspot at W 176th St. and Amsterdam Ave. holding a ‘wad of cash in his hand’ cops said
- That’s when two masked men hop out of a black Chevy Tahoe and open fire around 7 am on Friday
- The NYPD released video footage of the ambush as one of the gunman chases the man and a friend up Amsterdam Ave. before firing several rounds at them
- Police say the main victim, who was visiting from his native Mississippi, was shot in the left thigh and left shoulder, but was still able to evade the gunman
- Washington Heights has seen a spike in robberies and shootings in both 28-day and year-to-date metrics
Dramatic video footage captured the moment two armed gunmen ambushed a man leaving an New York gambling den with a wad of cash in his hand.
According to authorities, the unnamed 25-year-old man left the illegal gambling hotspot in Washington Heights while holding the undisclosed amount when two masked men hopped out of a black Chevy Tahoe and opened fire around 7 am on Friday, the New York Daily News reported.
He was shot in the leg and shoulder as a result. The New York Police Department has released video footage of the ambush, which shows how one of the gunman chased the victim and a friend up Amsterdam Ave. before firing several rounds at them.
Video footage of the incident shows that the other gunman may have bailed on the shooting as he turned around and ran back towards the black SUV.
But his partner continued to chase the unnamed gambler, who police said was visiting NYC from Mississippi.
The unnamed 25-year-old victim left the gambling hotspot at W 176th St. and Amsterdam Ave. with a ‘wad of cash in his hand’ when two masked men hop out of a Chevy Tahoe and open fire
The incident occurred at 7 am on Friday morning after the victim, who police say was visiting from his native Mississippi, left an illegal gambling den in Washington Heights
The victim was eventually able to escape the gunman, although police haven’t said if his winnings were stolen. DailyMail.com has contacted the NYPD for further information.
He was taken to nearby Harlem Hospital where he was listed in stable condition, according to authorities. It is unclear if he will face any charges over visiting the gambling den.
The gunman was able to return to the black SUV alongside his accomplice and the two men fled the scene before police could arrive.
The video last shows the vehicle traveling downtown on Amsterdam Ave. It’s unclear whether or not they made off with any of the cash the victim was holding.
Police describe the shooter as heavyset with a medium complexion, and was last seen wearing a Champion hoodie sweatshirt along with a black mask, black sneakers and black pants.
The second suspect, who police say was armed but did not open fire, is said to have a medium build and was seen on video wearing a black mask, black hoodie, black sneakers and black pants similar to the gunman.
The NYPD released video footage of the ambush as one of the gunman (pictured) chases the man and a friend up Amsterdam Ave. before firing several rounds at them
Video footage of the incident shows that the other gunman (pictured) may have bailed on the shooting as he turned around and ran back towards the black SUV while his partner opened fire
Police say the gunman’s accomplice was armed but did not fire his weapon, instead fleeing back to the black SUV which was laying in wait
Washington Heights has seen a spike in robberies and shootings in both 28-day and year-to-date metrics.
For robberies in the neighborhood, there are 128 criminal complaints filed compared to 115 year to date, an increase of around 11 percent, according to NYPD CompStat for the 34th Precinct, which polices the area.
Meanwhile, for shootings there have been five victims this year in the last 28-day period compared to just one last year, with 31 shootings for 2021 year-to-date compared to 19 for 2020, a 63 percent increase.
Police are currently seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the two suspects, as no arrests have been made as of Sunday night.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.