According to police, two shootings occurred on Monday afternoon in Brooklyn resulting in the death of one man and injuries to two others.
The first incident took place at the intersection of Avenue L and 95th St. in Canarsie, where smoke shop owner Nelson Ortiz, 24, was shot twice in the torso.
According to the police, officers who were dispatched in response to a 911 call found the victim seriously injured at the entrance of the New Midway Deli & Grill at approximately 4 p.m.
“I don’t know who would do this,” his brother Patrick Ortiz told the Daily News. “He doesn’t gang-bang. He doesn’t drink or smoke, even though he owns a smoke shop.”
According to the victim’s grieving sibling, the victim was shot as he was leaving the deli after buying a sandwich.
“He was coming out of the deli when he was shot three times. He went to get a bacon, egg and cheese, his usual,” Patrick Ortiz said.
The brother rushed to the scene, only to see that it was too late for Nelson Ortiz.
“I knew he passed away when I got there,” he said. “I saw him on the ground. I watched his skin change. He was hit in the chest, left leg and lower back. His eyes were open. He was unconscious. He bled out before I got there.”
Nelson Ortiz was taken to Brookdale Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
“He didn’t have problems with anyone. My brother was the most giving person ever,” Patrick Ortiz said.
According to a store manager familiar with him as a regular customer, Nelson Ortiz was seen lying on the ground in front of the bodega doorway.
“There were at least three shots and he was down, bleeding badly,” said Ronnie Kamis, 33. “I ran out and he was on the floor. The cops were pumping his chest, but he didn’t make it.”
He said that the shooting set off pandemonium on the block.
“Everyone was yelling his name — ‘Nelson, Nelson,’” Kamis said.
He added that he didn’t know the victim well, but would often see him come into his store.
“He was a regular customer and a nice guy,” he said.
According to police, two men in their 30s are being sought in connection with the fatal shooting, one of them wearing a yellow sweater, grey pants, and yellow sneakers, while the other suspect is slim and wearing a blue hoodie with a yellow strip, black pants, and white and black sneakers.
The shooting occurred in Canarsie around 4 p.m., and about two hours later, at around 6 p.m., two men were shot at Rutland Rd. and Rockaway Parkway in Brownsville, with one victim being shot in the abdomen and the other in the leg.
The two victims of the Brownsville shooting were transported to Kings County Hospital and are expected to survive. At this time, there is no evidence to suggest that the two shootings are related.