LAWLESS NYC: Tourist, 31, shot in the head after he refused to hand over phone and money to mugger

The incident occurred on West 103rd Street and West End Avenue in Manhattan's Upper West Side at around 3.30 am

LAWLESS NYC: Tourist, 31, shot in the head after he refused to hand over phone and money to mugger
As the tourist walked away, he was shot in the back of the head and the police are currently searching for the gunman  (CBS News/video screenshot)
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MANHATTAN, NEW YORK CITY: A Danish tourist who stood up to a violent mugger was shot in the back of the head in New York City over the weekend. According to the police, the man was returning from a party on Sunday, September 18, when the armed mugger apprehended him on New York City's Upper West Side. The mugger tried to steal his money and cell phone but couldn't as the tourist retaliated. As he walked away, he was shot in the back of the head and the police are currently searching for the gunman. 

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The incident occurred on West 103rd Street and West End Avenue in Manhattan's Upper West Side at around 3.30 am when the Denmark resident, 31, denied the mugger his demands. As he walked away, the mugger shot him in the back of his head, as per the cops. New York Post reports that the tourist, who was born in Argentina and is a resident of Denmark, was taken to Mount Sinai Morningside Hospital in stable condition. A police source said, "He just kept walking, and the guy shot him." The police are still looking for the armed mugger and there have been no immediate arrests.

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A witness told CBS News, "I heard a pop, like firecrackers, so I looked out the windows, but I didn't notice anything right away. But when I saw the police cars around, I noticed a man on the ground on the other side of the street." There was another shooting earlier but it is not confirmed whether these two are connected. The Post reports that in an earlier incident at around 11.40 pm, a 46-year-old man was approached by an armed robber in front of 928 Trinton Ave in the Woodstock section in The Bronx.

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A Danish tourist was shot in the back of his head by a mugger. (CBS News coverage screenshot)
A Danish tourist was shot in the back of his head by a mugger (CBS News/video screenshot)

The police explained how the victim refused to hand over his wallet, phone, and cash to the mugger for which he was shot in the leg. While the modus operandi appears similar, no connections have yet been made. A police source told the publication, "He was approached by an unknown male who demanded property and shot him when he refused." The second victim was taken to St Barnabas Hospital and was found in stable condition, however, the gunman remains on the loose. 

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This is a developing story and MEAWW will update you.

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