A father from Ecuador was shot and killed during a robbery in Brooklyn over the weekend. The victim, identified as 33-year-old Javier Sanchez, had moved to the United States for a better life. According to the police, Sanchez was defending himself when he was gunned down. The suspects involved in the incident are still at large.
Surveillance video captured the final moments of Sanchez’s life. The footage shows a group of people attempting to rob him at a gas station in the early hours of Sunday. A fight breaks out among the group, and another angle shows individuals fleeing the scene, including one person wearing a ski mask.
Sanchez’s family, residing in Bushwick, expressed their grief and appealed for assistance in sending his body back to Ecuador. They described him as a hardworking individual who came to the United States to provide for his 5-year-old daughter. Sanchez worked in construction and occasionally drove for Uber.
The robbers targeted Sanchez’s backpack, which contained personal documents. Sources revealed that he put up a fight, as seen in the surveillance video where he is shoved to the ground. Shortly after the shots were fired, police arrived at the scene. Sanchez was rushed to Elmhurst Hospital but was pronounced dead.
The NYPD is actively searching for the group of individuals involved in the robbery. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or 1-888-57-PISTA (74782) for Spanish speakers. Tips can also be submitted online or via DM on Twitter, @NYPDTips. All information provided will be kept confidential.