Cab Passenger Struck In Head During Shooting Last Week Dies

Utica Avenue and Avenue M. Source: Google Maps

After a brutal attempted robbery and shooting last week in Marine Park and Mill Basin, 23-year-old gunshot victim Nikita Grebelsky was pronounced dead after being taken off of life support.

Michael Magnan, who stands accused of the crimes, was denied bail. The 19-year-old faces charges of assault, attempted robbery, and weapons possession, and an attempted murder charge will most likley be bumped up to murder.

According to the police, and the livery cab river who was unharmed in the attack, Magnan came up to the cab brandishing a gun. He attempted to rob the driver, who hit the gas and tried to speed off. Magnan then fired and hit the backseat passenger in the head.

Grebelsky’s sister, Elizabeth Filatova, was also reported to have been in the car. She was unharmed in the shooting.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly has since denied that Magnan was also responsible for four nearby shootings.

“There were two different types of ammunition found at the shootings,” Kelly said. “They don’t match up with the individual’s weapon.”

Magnan, who has a lengthy criminal record, has been arrested eight times in the past for charges of attempted murder, weapons possession, drug possession, possession of stolen property, bail jumping, and failure to pay bus fare.

He was reportedly partying at a cousin’s wedding in Woodbury, NY only 75 minutes before he allegedly shot Grebelskiy in the head.

Update (1:31 p.m.): A photo of the correct location has been added.

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