A Hollis man was shot after three men tried to make their way into his house and rob him during an attempted home invasion on Sunday afternoon, police said.
At around 2:40 p.m. on Nov. 19, authorities reported, an unknown man approached the front door of residence on 197th Street with a package while two other unidentified individuals hid behind a fence. When a 12-year-old boy answered the door, the man stated that he had a package.
As a 50-year-old man approached the door from inside the house, law enforcement sources said, the man with the package attempted to push his way inside the house.
Police said the victim fought back, pushing the first suspect out of the house and back toward the street. Then, a second suspect, who was still behind the fence, displayed a gun and fired toward the victim.
According to the NYPD, the victim was struck once in the thigh. Following the shooting, all three suspects fled southbound down 197th Street.
EMS responded to the scene and transported the victim to Jamaica Hospital in stable condition, where he was released from soon after.
Police described the perpetrators as black men. The first suspect, who is also described to be in his early 20s, was last seen wearing a black jacket with a hood, black sweatpants and white sneakers with stripes. The second suspect was last seen wearing dark grey hoodie, and light grey pants and the third suspect was last seen wearing a red and black hoodie with the word “NIKE” across the front, and light grey sweatpants.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS or for Spanish 888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.