A teen was eliminated Wednesday after being set afire in a Bronx apartment building throughout a conflict, police officers stated.
The 18-year-old victim, recognized by police as Winston Ortiz, was stabbed 3 times and then splashed with gasoline and set aflame with a match on the 5th floor of 1045 Woodycrest Ave. in Highbridge at about 3 p.m.
Authorities sources stated the suspect got in the structure about 10 minutes prior to Ortiz– who did not live there– and after that performed the attack.
Two neighbors in the building doused the flames using buckets of water before EMTs arrived.
Ortiz was taken to Harlem Hospital, where he passed away.
A building resident, a 34-year-old mom, said she looked out to the grisly scene by a teenage girl shouting in the corridor.
” I step outside. I saw flames,” said the lady, who asked that she not be recognized.
“I thought her apartment was on fire. And when I go over there, I saw a guy in flames all over his body.”
The witness and the mom of the shrieking lady, who lives on the 6th floor of the building, grabbed containers and poured water on the burning victim.
It’s unclear if the teen girl and the victim were acquainted.
The event left the 34-year-old witness rattled.
” I got very frightened since I have my girls here” in the building, she said. “It’s truly worrying.”
The attack came a day after 2 guys were shot on a street corner near the building, police officers said.
A 21-year-old guy was shot seven times in the shooting at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday.
The other victim, 37, was shot in the foot, police stated.
Both victims were required to Lincoln Healthcare facility and are expected to recuperate, authorities said.
It’s uncertain if the two occurrences are connected. No arrests had been made since Wednesday night.