A man involved in a private intercity bus company that serves Chinatown was killed Friday night May 9 after an unknown assailant shot him on Market St., police said.
The shooting may have been a result of the rivalry between competing cut-rate bus services connecting Chinatown with Boston, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and Atlantic City, according to police.
The victim, De Jian Chen, 27, was getting out of a friends car at about 9:15 p.m. at Henry and Forsyth Sts., an unofficial bus stop for the intercity buses, when he was ambushed by an assailant who fired at him and missed. Chen, a resident of 60 Henry St., ran to Market St., turned the corner and fell when his pursuer caught up and pumped three .45 caliber rounds into his back. Chen died at NYU Downtown Hospital shortly before 10 p.m.
Police described the suspect as an Asian man in his 20s, about 5 ft. 6 in. and 140 pounds, wearing a waist-length black jacket, escaped on foot.
Chen, formerly a diver for Dragon Coach, recently organized a rival bus service, Dragon Coach USA. He was reportedly arrested a year ago and charged with attempting to run down a driver for a rival bus service. Neighbors have complained that fistfights between drivers frequently broke out on Henry St. near the Manhattan Bridge overpass.
Film fest gun charge
Security guards at a hip hop event of the Tribeca Film Festival at Borough of Manhattan Community College, stopped a visitor who was packing a loaded Magnum handgun on Wednesday night, May 7, First Precinct police officers said.
The suspect, Hanif Mohammad, 20, of Philadelphia had stepped out of a limousine at the red carpet in front of the theater on Chambers and Greenwich Sts., but turned back when he noticed a magnetometer on the carpet, police said.
His car, however, had moved on before he was able to get back in and security guards approached and asked him if he was carrying a firearm. Police say he surrendered a .357 caliber Magnum without further incident and they charged him with criminal possession of a weapon.