A 63-year-old man is in critical condition after a mysterious gunman shot him in the leg and back early Thursday morning.
Yang Guan Chen, a cook at a local Chinese restaurant, left for work early yesterday morning and was walking near 62nd Street and Bay Parkway at 4:30 a.m., when he was confronted by an armed man, the Daily News reports.
Chen was heard shouting, “Oh no! Oh no!” just before gunfire echoed through the quiet streets.
Cops found Chen bleeding on the ground, shot in the back and leg. He was rushed to Lutheran Hospital.
The shooting remains a mystery to investigators as well as friends and family of Chen. The Daily News reports:
“I don’t know why someone would do this to him,” said his devastated nephew, Wayne Cheng, 20. “He would never hurt anyone … there are no words to describe how we feel.”
Investigators were still trying to determine why Chen, who has no criminal history, was shot. Sources said the violence could have stemmed from an attempted robbery, but the victim still had his cell phone and a wallet filled with cash when police found him.
Chen has a wife and two adult children, and was described as a “family man.” He has worked at Fu Kee, a Chinese restaurant on 86th Street and Bay Parkway, for three years, and was scheduled to begin his Thursday shift at 5 a.m.