Cops hunting for suspect in Queensbridge murder: NYPD

Cops hunting for suspect in Queensbridge murder: NYPD
By Christina Santucci

Authorities identified a 28-year-old man Saturday as a suspect in the Queensbridge murder of an Upper West Side resident earlier this year.

Police said Lawrence Scott, who is 5-foot-6 and weighs 210 pounds, is suspected in the fatal shooting of 27-year-old Francisco Leal in February.

The NYPD had released surveillance video of the gun-toting suspect several days after Leal was found with a gunshot wound in his chest on the corner of 21st Street and 41st Avenue. The video depicts the alleged gunman raising his hand in a firing motion, then turning and fleeing with an accomplice, according to cops.

Leal, who had been on parole since the November before he was killed, had previously been arrested for burglary, possession of a controlled substance, grand larceny and witness intimidation, police said in February.

Those with information should contact NYPD’s Crimestoppers by calling 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting its website at nypdcrimestoppers.com or texting 274637 (CRIMES) and entering TIP577.

Reach managing editor Christina Santucci by e-mail at [email protected] by phone at 718-260-4589.