A gunman staked out his target before fatally shooting him in his relative’s Bronx apartment building lobby on Friday afternoon, police sources said.
When the 33-year-old victim stepped off an elevator into the lobby of his mother-in-law’s building at 1690 E. 174th St. near Fteley Ave. in Soundview at 3:30 p.m., his killer was waiting for him.
The two argued before the suspect pulled a gun and opened fire, striking the victim once in the heart, cops and police sources said.
The assailant fired off at least two more rounds in an attempt to scare off witnesses, before running from the scene, sources said.
Wounded, the dad got back into the elevator and rode it to the tenth floor where he collapsed in the hallway. Authorities believe he was targeted, sources said.
The victim was often at the building to drop his three children off at their grandmother’s apartment after school, said a family friend who wished to remain anonymous.
He was likely headed out after leaving them with his mother-in-law when he was killed, the friend said.
Medics rushed the man to Jacobi Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, police said.
“He turned his life around. He was a good, hardworking man that took care of his three kids,” the family friend said. “He was a construction worker. He worked in demolition.”