A hot-tempered New York City Housing Authority employee shot his no-nonsense boss three times Monday afternoon in the Bronx, bringing a violent end to a more than year-long feud, said police sources and a tenant leader.
Frankie Corchado, 46, has long been a problem employee at the Fort Independence Houses in Kingsbridge Heights — refusing to work, disrespecting women, and constantly complaining, the tenant leader said.
“This guy they had here was a Roman candle. They knew his fuse was gonna blow," Barbara Lauray, president of the complex’s tenant association, told the Daily News.
Building superintendent Charles Newton, 43, had written up Corchado for violating workplace rules, said police sources.
Around 2:15 p.m., as the men met in an a third-floor office at one of the complex’s buildings, on Bailey Ave. near W. 233rd St., Corchado shot Newton three times, said the sources.
Bullets hit Newton in the chest, abdomen and leg, said the sources.
Corchado drove away from the shooting scene in a beige Chevy Tahoe. He remained at large Monday night.
Newton was listed in critical condition late Monday at St. Barnabas Hospital.
A police source said Corchado also slashed all four tires of a black Toyota RAV4 and an Infinity G37 that belong to NYCHA workers at the complex. The cars — disabled by their deflated tires — were still in the complex Monday night.
Newton came on the job about two years ago, and he expected his workers to pull their weight, Lauray said.
“If you didn’t work he had a problem with you. He was here to do a job and he expected you to do yours,” she said. “He was a good guy, a really good guy.”
He and Corchado clashed bitterly, she said.
“There had been bad blood between the two of them for over a year,” Lauray said. "This individual was written up on numerous occasions. It wasn’t as if NYCHA didn’t know.”
Lauray said she complained to NYCHA about Corchado a year ago, and asked city officials to move him.
A NYCHA spokeswoman declined comment Monday night.
“He was nasty. He was bad. He was disrespectful. He was belligerent. He had no respect for women. He didn’t give a damn about anything. He felt he had control. He felt he had authority. He felt he could do what he wanted to do,” Lauray said.
Corchado has worked for NYCHA since at least 2008, and is shown on public records as a supervisor of housing caretakers. He earned $83,636 in 2019, records show.
“I blame NYCHA. The knew of the situation and they let it go on here,” Lauray said. "They did nothing about it. Now we have a gentleman in the hospital with bullet wounds because you let a nut work in the development and you knew he was out of control.”