Innocent Bystander Fatally Shot in Bronx Bodega Robbery Gone Awry

New York City, United States – In a tragic incident at a Bronx bodega, an innocent bystander lost his life during an attempted robbery, police and sources revealed Tuesday.

The victim, Stefon Barnes, 29, was inside Gourmet Deli on East Tremont Avenue when a gunman entered the store and tried to rob another customer. In the ensuing struggle, a shot was fired, striking Barnes in the right thigh. Despite being rushed to St. Barnabas Hospital, he did not survive his injuries.

Prior to the shooting, Barnes had been innocently browsing a rack of chips in the store. Surveillance video captured the chaotic scene, showing revelers in the store moments before the violent incident unfolded.

Antonio Sanchez, 64, who was inside the store just before the shooting, recounted his interaction with Barnes, describing him as calm and friendly. Sanchez left the store only five minutes before the gunfire broke out, initially mistaking the sound for firecrackers, common in the area.

Following the tragic event, a makeshift memorial was set up outside the deli, adorned with flowers, candles, and messages honoring Barnes. Mourners expressed their sorrow and remembrance for the victim on a cardboard box attached to the window.

The NYPD released a photo of the suspected shooter, described as having a medium complexion and standing between 5-foot-10 and 6 feet tall. The investigation into the incident is ongoing, with authorities urging anyone with information to come forward.

The community mourns the loss of Barnes, a victim of senseless violence in a place where he should have felt safe. As the investigation continues, friends, family, and residents seek justice for the innocent life taken too soon.