Authorities say Keber Martinez spotted his 35-year-old victim in the waiting area outside the hospital emergency room on Tuesday afternoon.
The two, who know each other, then argued verbally.
Martinez fired four shots, hitting the other man once in the arm and sending everyone in the waiting room rushing to safety.
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Mayor Eric Adams said the shooting may have been gang-related and the suspect “may have noticed a member of a rival gang.”
“He pulled out a gun and shot the person,” Adams said. “And sitting in the emergency room at the time were families, a child and hospital staff.”
The victim was rushed to the emergency room, while the shooter fled.
In surveillance video obtained by Eyewitness News, the shooter is seen opening fire.
Both men were in hospital for treatment of previous injuries at the time.
The victim had been shot in the leg last year and he reportedly felt pain from the injury when he went to hospital.
Martinez was charged with attempted murder, reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a firearm.
He has already been arrested six times, the last in May 2020, for assault, drugs, grand larceny and criminal possession of a weapon.
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