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Cops release surveillance photos of two men wanted for fatal shooting outside Manhattan bodega

2019-09-19

Police released surveillance images Thursday of two men wanted for the murder of a 22-year-old man outside a Washington Heights bodega.

Victim Steve Rodriguez was sitting on a crate outside the St. Nicholas Ave. shop near W. 186th St. — just two blocks from his home — about 12:10 a.m. Saturday when a gunman walked up and opened fire, cops said.

The bullet tore through the Rodriguez’s left hip, severing his femoral artery and causing massive bleeding, a police source said.

Medics rushed Rodriguez to New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center, where he died.

Police believe he was the intended target.

One of the suspects caught on camera is described as having a large build, short black hair and a beard. The man was last seen wearing a grey track suit jacket, matching sweatpants, a white T-shirt and white sneakers, police said.

His accomplice has a thin build and short, dark braided hair. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, black pants and sneakers, cops said.

Anyone with information about these two men is urged to call NYPD Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.