Two additional suspects have been arrested in connection with a a midday shooting that left one man dead on a Jackson Heights subway platform earlier this month, the NYPD announced on Thursday.
Tito Martinez-Alvarenga, 19, and Victor Lopez, 20, were charged with second-degree murder, gang assault, kidnapping and criminal possession of a weapon following a weeks-long hunt for the suspects.
The shooting occurred just before 12:45 p.m. on Feb. 3, after a Manhattan-bound No. 7 train pulled into the 90th Street-Elmhurst Avenue subway station in Jackson Heights, according to the NYPD. Terrified onlookers filmed cellphone video of the scene as three men grappled for a gun on the platform. Eventually, one of the men grabbed the weapon and shot the victim as he was lunging at the gunman. The victim’s body immediately went limp after the first shot.
Victim Abel Mosso, 20, an Astoria resident, was pronounced dead at the scene. Martinez-Alvarenga and Lopez are from Flushing, according to police.
Police say they believe that the fight began on the train and spilled onto the platform. The NYPD announced they had arrested a “person of interest” in connection with the shooting shortly after the incident. Ramiro A. Gutierrez, 26, was arrested on Feb. 5 and charged with second-degree murder, first-degree gang assault and two courts of criminal weapons possession.
“This afternoon’s tragic shooting at the 7 train station on 90th Street is a horrific reminder of how much work we need to do to get guns off our streets and how many more resources we need to build the community our youth seeks,” State Sen. Jessica Ramos said in a Twitter statement on Feb. 3. “Our hearts are with the deceased’s loved ones.”
An investigation into the shooting is still ongoing.