Updated, 3:17 p.m. | A man was shot in the head on a busy Midtown street a block south of Central Park on Monday afternoon, the Fire Department said.
The shooting occurred shortly before 2 p.m. near 58th Street and Seventh Avenue, an intersection in a tony area near the park and Columbus Circle filled with midday tourists, shoppers and office workers.
The man, who appeared to be in his 20s, was taken to St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center in critical condition, a fire official said.
Witnesses said the shooting was in front of Saint Thomas Choir School on 58th Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues.
“I heard the shot, I looked and saw the guy fall down,” said Sedat Kolo, a 36-year-old pedicab driver who was on a phone a few dozen feet away at the time of the shooting. He said he went to the victim, who was covered in blood.
“I told him, ‘Hang on, breathe easy,’” Mr. Kolo said. “He was trying to say something, but blood kept coming out of his mouth. There was blood all over. Then he lost consciousness.”
Benny Harris, who sells pedicab tours on the corner near the shooting, said he had heard a single shot and saw pedestrians scatter.
Mr. Harris, 44, immediately sought help from a nearby fire station and went with first responders to the man, who was lying on 58th Street. “He looked dead,” Mr. Harris said.
Another man who was on the corner also said he heard a single shot but did not see the person who fired the gun.
“Nobody saw the guy who did it,” said the witness, who gave his name only as Bernard. ”He was like a ghost.”