Innocent Bystander Fatally Shot in Bronx Bodega During Robbery Gone Wrong

Bronx, NY: A tragic incident unfolded inside a bodega in the Bronx, resulting in the death of an innocent bystander. Stefon Barnes, 29, was fatally shot during a failed robbery attempt by a gunman targeting another customer. The incident occurred at the Gourmet Deli on East Tremont Avenue in the early hours of Easter Sunday.

Witnesses recounted that Barnes was simply browsing through a rack of chips when the robbery unfolded. The gunman, in the midst of a struggle with another customer, discharged his weapon, striking Barnes in the right thigh. Despite being rushed to St. Barnabas Hospital, Barnes succumbed to his injuries.

Prior to the shooting, the deli was filled with revelers celebrating Easter, with one woman wearing bunny ears captured in the video footage. Antonio Sanchez, a witness, described how he narrowly missed the tragic event by leaving the store just minutes before the gunfire erupted.

Sanchez emphasized that Barnes was an innocent victim caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. He recalled Barnes as a friendly presence in the store, exchanging greetings moments before the deadly confrontation. The community has been left in shock by the senseless violence that claimed Barnes’ life.

By Tuesday, a makeshift memorial had been set up outside the deli, with tributes pouring in from mourners. Bouquets of flowers, candles, and heartfelt messages adorned the area in memory of Barnes. The NYPD released a photo of the suspected shooter, described as having a medium complexion and a medium build.

As the investigation into the incident continues, the community mourns the loss of Barnes, a victim of a senseless act of violence. The tragic event serves as a reminder of the need for safety and vigilance in public spaces.