A teenager was killed on Wednesday after being interrupted in a Bronx apartment building during a dispute, police said.
The 18-year-old victim, identified by police as Winston Ortiz, was stabbed three times and then concealed with gasoline and set up with a match on the fifth floor of 1045 Woodycrest Ave. in Highbridge at about 15
Police sources said the suspect entered the building about ten minutes before Ortiz – who does not live there – and then carried out the attack.
Two neighbors in the building doused the flames with buckets of water before the EMTs arrived.
Ortiz was taken to Harlem Hospital, where he later died.
A construction resident, a 34-year-old mother, said she was warned of the evil scene by a teenage girl screaming in the hallway.
“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, took buckets and poured water on the burning victim.
It is unclear if the teenage girl and the victim are acquainted.
The incident left the 34-year-old witness laughing.
“I was very scared that I have my girls here” in the building, she said. “It really is about.”
The attack came a day after two men were shot on a street corner near the building, police say.
A 21-year-old man was shot seven times in the shot at 16.45 on Tuesday.
The other victim, 37, was shot in the foot, police say.
Both victims were taken to Lincoln Hospital and are expected to recover, authorities said.
It is unclear whether the two incidents are connected. No arrests had been made since Wednesday night.
Additional reporting by Kenneth Garger