Three men were found fatally shot Thursday in a gray 2009 BMW 750LI parked in a neighborhood near Columbia University, and officials say cops are still looking for the gunman.
The two front-seat victims were shot behind the ears and the man in the backseat was shot in the left temple. According to the New York Daily News, all three were shot execution-style.
The three were found at 6:27 p.m. on Claremont Ave. near W. 122nd St. in Morningside Heights, cops said.
Paul Brown, the NYPD’s chief spokesman said, “The passenger was wearing a Yankee hat and a white T-shirt, blood-soaked.”
Brown also says the shooter is believed to have been a passenger sitting behind the driver.
The names of the victims, whose bodies were removed from the car hours after being found, were not immediately released. Although police say all three were in their 20s.
Early Friday, a pregnant woman arrived at the scene, screaming that her boyfriend was one of the dead. She shouted:
“Oh my God. I hope it’s a lie! A hope it’s a lie! Oh my God, he’s dead. Tell me he’s not dead!”
Investigators believe this is a drug-related shooting, one police source said, noting that the homicide has all the trademark qualities of a drug hit.
Police say that no weapon had been recovered.
On Thursday night, police say they are still dusting and photographing the outside of the vehicle.
The $88,000 vehicle’s temporary registration doesn’t match its New York plates and it appears to be stolen, officials said. It was parked legally next to the Manhattan School of Music and Knox Hall, an academic building part of the Ivy League institution.
Cops were reviewing area surveillance tapes and had no record of students in the buildings who heard any gunshots.
A man who happened to be walking by the car saw the victims in the front seats, Browne said, and flagged down a police car on Riverside Drive.