A 44-year-old man was killed and his female passenger was wounded early Saturday when a man fired several bullets into their car outside an apartment building in Brooklyn, the police said.
The shooting occurred shortly after 2 a.m. in front of 1746 Sterling Place, in Brownsville.
A motive was not immediately clear, and the victims were not identified by Saturday afternoon, though the police said the man lived on Long Island.
The man and his passenger, a 30-year-old woman, were sitting in a 2000 Dodge Caravan when they were approached by another a man, who began shooting, the police said. A second female passenger, who might have been standing outside the vehicle, was not hurt, the police added.
The police were still investigating why the man began shooting, a law enforcement official said. The man in the car was struck twice in the lower back; he was taken to Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, the police said. The injured woman was struck three or four times, in the right arm, in a leg and in the torso. She was in stable condition on Saturday afternoon, the police said.
Several residents in the neighborhood described hearing the gunshots, but said they had not witnessed the shooting.
A woman who lives at 1753 Sterling Place said she had heard about a dozen gunshots. Afterward, she said, she heard someone running into her building.
Another man said he was asleep in his apartment at the Howard-Park housing project when the sound of at least five gunshots startled him. He got up, went outside and saw a woman dressed in a beige jacket seemingly panicking.
“This lady is running up and down the street,” said the man, who declined to provide his name. “She said, ‘My cousin got shot. My cousin got shot.’” It was not clear if she was referring to the man or woman.
After the shooting, the Caravan lurched forward and crashed into the side of another car, the police said.
The man who heard the shots said that within minutes, police cars arrived and officers approached some people who were seated in a Chevrolet Caprice, telling them to get out of the car.
There were no arrests as of Saturday afternoon, but detectives in the 73rd Precinct were questioning the uninjured female passenger, the law enforcement official said.
Tim Stelloh contributed reporting.