Police arrested a 60-year-old man on Wed. July 2 after they say he shot and killed a man who was his rival in love.
The defendant, Charlie Lee, a resident on the 40th floor of 20 Confucius Plaza, shot the victim, Shu Hong Wu, 48, several times with a revolver in the presence of the woman, Su Xian Wu, who is not related to the victim, according to charges filed by District Attorney Robert Morgenthaus office.
The victim was taken to NYU Downtown Hospital where he died at 10:26 p.m. about an hour after the July 2 shooting in the apartment where Su Xian Wu was taking care of an elderly woman.
Police say Lee told Det. Jose Santiago of the Fifth Precinct squad, who is investigating the case, that he shot the victim at point-blank range and then threw the revolver down the trash compactor chute of Confucius Plaza, a high-rise residential complex between Bowery and Division St. After police recovered the gun from the compactor room, Lee identified it as the weapon he used to shoot Shu Hong Wu, according to the criminal court complaint.
Lee was arraigned Thurs. July 3 and was being held without bail. He is charged with second degree murder, reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon in the second and third degrees. He was scheduled to appear again in court on July 8.
A man walked into the Chase branch at 525 Broadway at the corner of Spring St. at 3:35 p.m. Mon. June 30, passed a note to a teller and fled with $1,487 in cash. The suspect was identified by police only as a black man about 30.
The Medical Examiners Office has not yet determined the identity of the man whose torso and two arms were in a suitcase that was found in a parking lot opposite 100 Division St. on Mon. June 30.