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By Ali Bauman, Jennifer Bisram
/ CBS New York
NEW YORK — A manhunt is underway in Manhattan. Police are searching for the suspect who they say killed a man on the Lower East Side after shooting a man in a wheelchair in Brooklyn earlier Monday.
CBS2’s Ali Bauman was where suspect Sundance Oliver was last seen. Police believe he shot a man in the chest, then ditched his car and took off running.
Oliver, 28, is considered armed and dangerous and the NYPD is taking an all-hands-on-deck approach to tracking him down.
Officers in tactical gear with police K-9s combed through the Smith Houses on the Lower East Side on Monday night, searching for Oliver.
Police believe the suspect began his violent spree at around 9 a.m. in Brooklyn, robbing a 39-year-old woman of her phone and jacket outside the Kingsborough Houses in Crown Heights.
Sources told CBS2 when the victim tried to run, the suspect fired off a round, hitting a 96-year-old man in a wheelchair who was waiting for a bus across the street.
“I see him sitting there and I see the cops with tissue, putting it on his leg. So I stopped, so then I called his wife and daughter,” said Stanley Jenkins, the shooting victim’s neighbor.
The 96-year-old man was shot in the leg and is expected to survive.
“Good man, gets around in his wheelchair all over the place. He’s good,” Jenkins said of the victim.
Investigators believe the suspect drove away in a white Mercedes, which they are on the lookout for.
Fast forward six hours later, police were called to the Smith Houses in Manhattan, where a 21-year-old man was shot three times.
First responders rushed the victim to the hospital, where he died.
Sources told CBS2 investigators soon spotted the same white Mercedes from Crown Heights outside the Smith Houses. Police tried to follow it, but Bauman learned the driver abandoned the car and ran away.
The NYPD says anyone who spots Oliver should immediately call 911.
While the latest NYPD crime stats show shootings are down 30% citywide compared to this time last year, murders are up 20%.
In terms of this investigation, it’s unclear what the suspect’s connection to the Smith Houses and the 21-year-old who was killed is.
Anyone with any information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit a tip via their website or via DM on Twitter, @NYPDTips. All calls are kept confidential.  
Ali Bauman joined CBS2 News as a general assignment reporter in 2016. Ali is a proud millennial who embraces social media for storytelling to bring news to a new generation of viewers.
First published on December 5, 2022 / 12:00 PM
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