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Manhattan Teenager Killed While Attending Friend’s Birthday

Jorge Rodriguez, 19, was fatally killed while he was partying at Inwood Manhattan on Saturday. Credit: Wikimedia Commons/AmaboDucem

A teenage dad was shot and killed in Manhattan while he was celebrating a friend’s birthday.

Jorge Rodriguez, 19, was partying at a friend’s house when shots were fired at around 3:15 a.m.  Saturday along Post Avenue and Academy Street in Inwood. He and over a dozen friends ran as bullets went their way.

“These guys just came shooting like this was a shooting range,” Mia Rodriguez – the victim’s mother – told reporters, relaying what his friends told her. “It was a shootout. And everybody was running. He ran for his life.”

According to reports, the victim was shot in the back of the head once. Although no one else was hit, his family believes he was not the intended target. One of his pals drove him to New York-Presbyterian Hospital Allen but he was later transferred to New York-Presbyterian Hospital Columbia.

Rodriguez’s mother rushed to meet the victim there after finding out that her son had been shot.

“I got down on my knees and I prayed to God.” She added. “‘Please don’t take him from me. Please don’t take him from me.’”

Rodriguez worked as a maintenance worker to provide for his 1-year-old daughter. Loved ones remember him as a hard-working father – logging long hours at his job just to make sure his daughters’ needs are met.

“He was always working — for his daughter, for his family,” family friend Mayra stated. “He was working six days a week.”

No one was arrested in connection with the shooting. The NYPD is still searching for information about the suspect or suspects involved in the murder.

News of Rodriguez’s death comes just over a week after another 19-year-old was shot and killed at a NYCHA building in East Harlem. Officers found the teen with a gunshot wound to his torso around 12:09 a.m. on Saturday.

Two other male victims were injured at the scene. A 21-year-old victim sustained a wound on his foot, while his 25-year-old companion was grazed by a bullet at his torso. All three victims were rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital where the 19-year-old was pronounced dead.


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