In Brooklyn, New York, a disagreement over a parking spot on Saturday, September 9, escalated into a shooting, injuring a man and his girlfriend.
The incident took place in a Home Depot parking lot at Willoughby Avenue and Sanford Street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. Cordel McDuffie, 35, and his girlfriend, Imani Sharpless, 26, had a verbal exchange with an unidentified man about a parking space. McDuffie explained that he unknowingly blocked the man from backing up. He honked his horn, and the two exchanged words.
After McDuffie and Sharpless left the store around 12:15 pm, the same man approached their vehicle and shot at them before leaving the scene.
The New York Police Department (NYPD) responded to a 911 call about the incident. Officers found McDuffie with a gunshot wound to his right knee. He was conscious and alert. Meanwhile, Sharpless had a gunshot wound to her head and was unconscious. Both victims were rushed to Kings County Hospital. McDuffie is in stable condition, but Sharpless remains in critical condition.
The NYPD provided a description of the suspect: a male with a dark complexion, about 5′ 6″ in height, weighing around 160 pounds. He wore a white shirt, red hat, and black jeans. The suspect was last seen heading south on Nostrand Avenue.
During an interview, McDuffie described Sharpless as a kind person who loves kids and is passionate about life. Sharpless’ cousin, Patrick, talked about her aspirations to become a model and singer. Discussing her medical condition, he mentioned the bullet couldn’t be removed until the brain swelling subsided. He expressed hope, saying, “God is taking care of her.”
Investigation into the incident is ongoing.