KEY POINTS

  • A 58-year-old drug dealer in the Bronx was shot multiple times in the head and body Wednesday, police said
  • A witness reportedly told police the shooter approached the dealer and told him the "cocaine he sells is garbage"
  • No arrests have been made, and police have not disclosed any other potential motive for the killing

A 58-year-old drug dealer was fatally shot in the Bronx, New York, by a man who was allegedly upset over the quality of the drugs he sold, police said Thursday.

Christopher Bridges, also known as "OG," was shot multiple times in the head and body Wednesday at the corner of East 165th and Faile streets in Longwood, the New York Post reported, citing police sources.

A witness reportedly told police the shooter approached Bridges and told him that the "cocaine he sells is garbage" before he started shooting, sources said.

Footage of the incident reviewed by the New York Daily News reportedly showed the drug dealer lying face down in the crosswalk with a camouflage hat by his left hand.

Bridges died at the scene moments later, just a few blocks away from his apartment, after being given aid by police and emergency medical services. 

Police sources said seven shell casings were found at the scene, as per the Post.

No arrests have been made, and police have not disclosed any other potential motive for the killing.

Bridges was an ex-convict who served three prison sentences for drug charges and attempted robbery, the NY Daily News reported. He has a total of 20 arrests on his record and finished his last sentence in 1997. Bridges reportedly has had no run-ins with law enforcement since 2004.

Bridges' death came after Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday a plan to curb gun violence in New York City.

"Safe Summer NYC will deter gun violence with real consequences for picking up a firearm and create disincentives to turning to a life of crime by providing real, positive alternatives for young people," a statement from the city government said of Safe Summer NYC, which aims to increase police presence in areas with high rates of gun violence.

Data published early this month showed the city's overall index crime rate rising 2.4% in March compared to the same period last year, with murders rising by 36% (34 vs. 25) and gun arrests going up by 66.8% (492 vs. 295).

drugs-4213706_1920 Representation. A witness told police the shooter told Bridges that the "cocaine he sells was garbage." Photo: Pixabay