A man fatally shot outside a Brooklyn apartment complex was at a party with his children, who were blissfully asleep when he stumbled back inside bleeding from the gunshot wounds to his chest, his girlfriend said Monday.
Cops said Malik Wright was shot twice in the chest in front of the Stuyvesant Gardens Houses on Gates Ave. near Malcolm X Blvd. in Bedford-Stuyvesant about 1:20 a.m. Sunday.
Wright, 33, and his girlfriend, Ebony Walker, 34, were at a friend’s birthday party when Wright stepped out to get some air, she said. Cops said Wright was shot after a dispute with his attackers.
“He ran inside and jumped into my arms,” Walker said. “He just ran straight in.”
She said he was bleeding everywhere.
“I thought he just had a fight,” Walker said. “But the way he dropped to the floor, he was muffled and said, ‘I got shot.’ Everybody just panicked, and then we just tried to keep him awake.”
She said cops arrived a short time later and performed CPR until medics took Wright to Kings County Hospital, where he later died.
Two suspects who were armed were taken into custody for questioning, according to sources. No charges were immediately filed.
“There wasn’t any drama or anything,” Walker said. “He just went outside to get some air. He didn’t argue with anybody.”
Walker said their kids, a 6-year-old boy and an 11-month-old girl, were at the party when Wright was shot, but managed to sleep through the commotion.
She said the baby girl is too young to understand what happened to her dad, but the little boy knows.
“He just looked at me and said he didn’t know what to say or how to feel.” Walker said.
She described Wright as a devoted dad and a loving partner.
“He was a great person,” Walker said. “He was so lovable. He loved his kids. He was amazing. We’d cook, go out, sing, dance, everything. We’d been together for so long, since teenagers.”
Wright was shot just half a block from the building where he and Walker lived. His distraught mother declined to comment about the shooting. Walker said Wright was also a father to two older children.
Walker said she had just one word for Wright’s killers.
“Why? Just why?” she said. “I’m still trying to figure it all out. He didn’t bother nobody.”