Man hurt in pot deal gone wrong among latest NYC shooting victims

Man hurt in pot deal gone wrong among latest NYC shooting victims

A Brooklyn man was shot in the thumb when he went to buy pot from a guy he met on Instagram and the phony pusher tried to rob him instead, according to cops and police sources.

The victim was one of six people shot in four separate incidents in Gotham on Tuesday and Wednesday — which also included two cops blasted by a CUNY guard who was shot dead amid a domestic incident.

In the sideways drug deal, a 25-year-old man showed up on Thieriot Avenue near Lafayette Avenue in Soundview to buy pot from someone he met over Instagram around 10:15 p.m., police sources said.

But when he got there, two people tried to snatch his gold chain from around his neck, according to the sources.

The victim got into a scuffle with the suspects, one of whom pulled out a gun and blasted him in the thumb, the sources said.

Both suspects took off, and the victim met up with a friend, who drove him to Montefiore Medical Center’s Einstein Campus with non-life-threatening injuries.

About four hours earlier, a 31-year-old man was blasted in the right leg during a squabble with another man on East 163rd Street near Prospect Avenue, police sources said.

He was taken to Lincoln Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

In Tuesday’s first shooting, CUNY peace officer Rondell Goppy, 41, opened fire on police who responded to a domestic dispute, sparking a gun battle that left him dead and the cops seriously injured in the Springfield Gardens section of Queens around 12:45 p.m.

Including the officers and the suspect, a total of five people were reported shot in three separate incidents across the city on Tuesday.


A CUNY police officer was shot and killed at the scene of a shooting at 145-86 179th St., in Queens.

Gabriella Bass


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On Tuesday’s date in 2019, which was a Sunday, no one was shot.

There was one shooting reported so far on Wednesday — a man struck at East 104th Street and Glenwood Road in Canarsie around 11:50 a.m., cops said.

His injuries are non-life-threatening, according to police, who did not immediately have additional details.

As of Wednesday afternoon, 1,708 people had been shot in 1,390 separate incidents citywide — nearly double last year’s count at that time.