A teenager was left in critical condition after he was set on fire in a Bronx apartment building during a dispute with another man on Wednesday afternoon, police say.
The 18-year-old victim, identified by police sources as Winston Ortiz, was stabbed three times and then doused with gasoline and set on fire with a match on the fifth floor of 1045 Woodycrest Ave. in Highbridge around noon. 15
Police sources said that the suspect entered the building about ten minutes before Ortiz – who does not live there – then carried out the attack.
Two neighbors in the building were able to hide the flames with buckets of water before EMT arrived. Ortiz was taken to Harlem Hospital in critical condition.
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“I’m going outside. I saw flames, “said the woman, who wished to remain anonymous.
“I thought her apartment was on fire. And when I go there, I saw a guy in flames all over his body. “
The witness and the mother of the screaming girl, who lives on the sixth floor of the building, both took buckets of water and poured them on the burning victim. It is unclear if the teenage girl and the victim know each other.
The incident left the 34-year-old witness laughing.
“I was very scared that I have my girls here,” she said. “It really is about.”
Wednesday’s attack came a day after two men were shot on the corner outside the building, police say.
A 21-year-old man was shot seven times in the shot at 16.45. The other victim, 37, was shot in the foot, police say.
Both victims were taken to Lincoln Hospital and are expected to survive, authorities said.
It is unclear whether the two incidents are connected. No arrests have been made since Wednesday night.
The 34-year-old mother said that the recent violence in the neighborhood has left her fear of her insecure.
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“Unfortunately, we feel we are not safe in the neighborhood,” the mother said. “There was a shooting yesterday around the corner. We may need to have some police around the area. “
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