Man shot dead outside school near Central Park

NEW YORK (AP) — A man was shot in the back of the head on Monday outside a school near Columbus Circle and Central Park and lay mortally wounded in a pool of blood as his killer escaped with a getaway driver, police said.

The shooting occurred Monday afternoon outside the Saint Thomas Choir School, a small boarding school for young boys on a fairly quiet street between busy avenues teeming with tourists and shoppers.

The 31-year-old victim, who apparently lived outside the city, was walking west on 58th Street around 2 p.m., New York Police Department spokesman Paul Browne said.

The gunman, wearing a dark coat with a dark hood and khaki pants, came up behind him and fired what appeared to be a silver semi-automatic pistol, striking him once, Browne said.

It’s believed that the shooter and the getaway driver may have been in the neighborhood, just blocks from Columbus Circle and Central Park, for some time. They escaped in a light grey or silver Lincoln sedan.

There was no known connection to the school, Browne said.


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