Man ID’s His Shooter Before Dying
Eric Dunning, a 32-year-old father of three girls, was shot several times inside the stairwell at 40-20 Beach Channel Drive at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, police said. Dunning, who was struck in the head and torso, crept to the lobby and was coherent when officers and EMS arrived, according to police.
While witnesses could only describe a black male dressed in all black who fled the scene after the gunfire broke out, Dunning was able to tell police who shot him, according to a police source.
Dunning, of 453 Beach 40 Street, was transported to Mary Immaculate Hospital. He died about three hours after the shooting.
A full mobilization of officers in the 101 Precinct was called and a suspect, Anthony Davis, 37, who resides in the same apartment building where the shooting occurred, was arrested. Police said he would be charged with second degree murder and criminal weapons possession, but he had not yet been arraigned at press time.
Davis was reportedly released from prison in June after serving 15 years for firing wildly inside a Queens bodega in 1988, hitting three people.
Davis saw Dunning leaving his girlfriend’s apartment and mistakenly believed that Dunning was dating the unidentified woman, according to a New York Post story.
Dunning had been helping a cousin get his car out of the snow and reportedly went upstairs to visit the woman, who is described as “a friend of his in the building.” He was not believed to be romantically involved with the woman.
The victim’s father, Ira Stewart, said his son was a father of three girls – the oldest being his namesake, Erica.
“It wasn’t a gang thing, or a project against project thing,” Stewart said. “My son’s not a gang person. He’s not a person of the street.”
Stewart said Dunning, who worked as an assistant librarian, was going to school to become a licensed contractor and was already certified to work as a security guard.
“He took care of his kids,” Stewart added.