A 17-year-old boy dressed in all black and wearing a ski mask was shot dead on a residential street in Brooklyn early Thursday, police said.
John Fernandez, 17, was found facedown with a gunshot wound to the neck after cops responded to Bainbridge St. near Broadway in Bedford-Stuyvesant about 5:20 a.m., cops said.
Sources said two witnesses offered cops a tantalizing tip — they heard the sound of gunshots before overhearing a man and a woman apparently discussing the murder.
“Now it will look like a robbery,” one of them said, according to the witnesses.
Fernandez, who had five prior arrests, lived about two miles away in Ridgewood, cops said.
Several nearby residents said they heard gunshots just before 3:30 a.m. but didn’t call the police.
“I never even saw the body out there,” said Patti Herb, 67. “I would have called the cops a long time before this.”
“We all got pounced out of bed when we heard it,” she added. “I mean at 3:24 in the morning, nobody's usually walking this block at all.”
Police said the teen had likely been lying for hours before they were called.
(Theodore Parisienne for New York Daily News)
The man's body remained on the sidewalk, surrounded by a pool of blood, until workers from the city medical examiner's office arrived shortly before 10 a.m.
Resident Shawanda Smith, 47, said she suspected the man was an outsider.
“If he was from this block, we would be around that body,” Smith added.
There were no immediate arrests.
Herb said she was stunned to learn that a man had been killed on her normally peaceful block.
“This happens to be one of the safest blocks on the whole strip of Bainsbridge,” she said.
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