Cleveland Smith tragically passed away in a Bronx bodega.
As the story goes, Smith found himself in dire need of shelter and safety when he entered the corner store. Although most customers visit this establishment for provisions or cigarettes, Smith had a different motive. He was being chased by someone and needed to hide. But to his disappointment, the store, which was known for its wide range of products, could not offer him any assistance at that moment of desperation.
The video footage is quite distressing as it shows the tragic moment when 35-year-old Smith was mercilessly gunned down in a Mount Hope grocery store. In a desperate attempt to evade his assailants, Smith put up a fight, but unfortunately, his efforts were in vain.
The officials reported that Smith was on E. 175th St. near the Grand Concourse in Mount Hope when he drew the interest of two people around 5:10 p.m. Trying to flee, Smith dashed into a nearby bodega, but unfortunately, he was met with a barrage of gunfire.
According to reports, he was shot in the torso by the attackers who then quickly left the area. Unfortunately, there have been no arrests made in connection with this incident so far.
Smith was rushed to St. Barnabas Hospital by the emergency medical crew, but unfortunately, he was declared dead soon after. It is disheartening to know that he lost his life just a few steps away from his own home.
Upon reviewing the surveillance footage taken from the esteemed Felomar bodega, it can be seen that Smith made a frantic dash into the store, completely disregarding the display of fresh produce. He hastily made his way past an ATM before disappearing from the camera’s sight.
Moments later, a man brandishing a gun follows the same route. The surveillance footage captures both men again, with the armed assailant grabbing Smith by the collar. Despite Smith’s efforts to fend him off, he pushes back to no avail.
As the attacker prepares to fire two shots in his direction, a sudden appearance of a third person catches everyone by surprise. Smith quickly disappears from sight as a bullet casing bounces off the floor of the bodega.
After the shooting, a video was captured showing the aftermath of the incident. The footage shows law enforcement officers attending to Smith, who was injured amidst the chaos. However, the video does not capture the terror that the bodega clerks experienced during the incident. They sought refuge behind the counter and inside the cold box refrigerator to avoid becoming the next victims of the violent attack.
According to advocates for bodega workers, Smith’s unfortunate death highlights the danger that store clerks face amidst the increasing violence in their neighborhoods.
According to Radahmes Rodriguez, the president of the United Bodegas of America, the killing of Smith was a deliberate and targeted act. Rodriguez believes that Smith, like many other victims, sought refuge in one of their bodegas in an attempt to save his life.
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