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Moment murder suspect disguised as a food delivery rider kills man in East Village


A man who disguised himself as a food delivery rider is suspected of murder after a 30-year-old man was shot in the doorway of his apartment in NYC‘s East Village on Friday evening.

CCTV footage released today by the NYPD shows the suspect, clad in a dark jacket with yellow reflectors and two bags, gain entry to the Lilian Wald housing block posing as a food delivery rider.

The suspect emerged minutes later, appearing to be holding only one bag, before speeding off on an e-bike. 

NYPD officers responding to a 911 call subsequently found Davon Venable, 30, bleeding from multiple gunshot wounds to his back and neck in the doorway of his fourth floor apartment.

Venable was pronounced dead at Mount Sinai-Beth Israel Medical Center later that evening.

Not only did the suspect use an elaborate disguise to enter the building incognito, law enforcement sources alleged Venables was shot after answering the door to someone who knocked and asked ‘did you order an Uber?’ 

The shooting comes amid a wave of violent crime in NYC – the most recent NYPD data suggests that in the first full week of January 2022 (3-9), the number of murders increased by 33.3 percent vs the same period last year.

CCTV footage released today by the NYPD shows the suspect, clad in a dark jacket with yellow reflectors arrive outside the Lilian Wald housing block posing as a food delivery rider

The suspect, whose identity was shrouded by a helmet and masked, carried two plastic bags into the building posing as a delivery rider

The suspect, whose identity was shrouded by a helmet and masked, carried two plastic bags into the building posing as a delivery rider

According to law enforcement sources quoted by The Villager, Venable and his father were sitting at home in the Lilian Wald property when they heard a knock on the door shortly before 10pm ET on Friday.

While stood outside, the shooter allegedly asked: ‘Did someone order an Uber?’

Venables got up to answer the door, and was promptly gunned down by the suspect, who was wearing black clothing. 

Officers from the 9th Precinct and NYPD PSA 4 found Venable bleeding heavily in the doorway of the property from multiple gunshot wounds.

The suspect was captured exiting the building minutes later, appearing to be carrying just one of the two bags he entered the property with

The suspect was captured exiting the building minutes later, appearing to be carrying just one of the two bags he entered the property with

The CCTV footage shows the suspect speeding away from the scene of the crime on an e-bike

The CCTV footage shows the suspect speeding away from the scene of the crime on an e-bike

The most recent NYPD data suggests that in the first full week of January 2022 (3-9), the number of murders increased by 33.3 percent vs the same period last year

The most recent NYPD data suggests that in the first full week of January 2022 (3-9), the number of murders increased by 33.3 percent vs the same period last year

The 30-year-old was hit in the back and the neck. He was treated and rushed to hospital by EMS but was pronounced on arrival at Mount Sinai-Beth Israel Medical Center.

The NYPD released the CCTV footage earlier today, appealing to the public for further information on the potential identity of the shooter, whose face was covered by a helmet and mask.

No arrests have yet been made, and the investigation is ongoing.  

The footage of the suspected murderer was released just one day after NYC mayor Eric Adams was blasted for suggesting that there was a ‘perception of fear’ around crime in NYC.

His comments referred to another murder which took place on Saturday, when a woman was pushed in front of a subway train. 

Adams’ has been accused of skirting the issue of rising murders and violent crime despite promises to stamp out the worrying trend in the Big Apple.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams insisted on Sunday that subways are still safe and there is only ‘perception of fear’ among commuters as an estimated 1.7 percent of the crimes in the city occur on the MTA system

New York City Mayor Eric Adams insisted on Sunday that subways are still safe and there is only ‘perception of fear’ among commuters as an estimated 1.7 percent of the crimes in the city occur on the MTA system

Speaking at a press conference in the wake of Saturday’s murder, Adams said: ‘New Yorkers are safe on the subway system. I think it’s about 1.7 percent of the crimes in New York City that occur on the subway system.

‘Think about that for a moment,’ he added. ‘What we must do is remove the perception of fear.

‘Cases like this aggravate the perception of fear,’ he said referring to the death of subway rider Michelle Go, 40 — who was unexpectedly killed when suspect Simon Martial, 61, allegedly pushed her in front of an oncoming MTA train on Saturday morning at the station on West 42nd St and Broadway.

Go is believed to have been a senior manager at Deloitte Consulting. 

The suspect is Simon Martial, 61, pictured in a previous undated mugshot. He has been charged with murder in the Saturday incident

Michelle Alyssa Go, 40, was pronounced dead at the scene. She is thought to have been a senior manager at Deloitte

Simon Martial, 61, was arrested after he allegedly shoved Michelle Alyssa Go, 40, right, onto the subway tracks and killed her on Saturday

‘When you see homeless individuals with mental health issues not being attended to and given the proper services, that adds to the perception of fear,’ Adams said. 

Former Republican mayor candidate and Adam’s arch-nemesis, Curtis Sliwa, was the first among many users on Twitter to criticize the relatively new mayor’s comments, sharing on Sunday:

‘The WHO has a song that says ‘the new boss is the same as the old boss.’ Adams is saying what DeBlasio said for 8 yrs – #mta crime is a perception & not real. He won’t confront Bragg & covers up subway crime. What happened to the law & order candidate?’ 

He was referring to Adams’ status as a former NYPD cop – and repeated promises to stamp-out spiraling crime in the Big Apple. 



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