Two unarmed men who a witness told Metro were 'talking trash" to a 69-year-old retired New York City corrections officer got a little more than they bargained for when one of them punched him -- and he shot the man dead.
A brawl erupted at the Borough Hall Street train station Tuesday night just after 6:30 p.m., the NYPD said Wednesday morning.
"The dispute escalated into a physical confrontation, in the mezzanine area of the station, when the 69 year-old male fired one round from a firearm," the NYPD said.
Cops identified the dead man, from Harlem, as Gilbert Drogheo, 32. He was taken to Mt.Sinai's Brooklyn Hospital Center with a bullet wound to the torso and later died.
Drogheo, an unidentified pal and the shooter, William Groomes, got into it after boarding the Brooklyn-bound 4 at Bowling Green in Manhattan, authorities said.
One of the men reportedly used the N-word with Groomes, who took offense.
Thomas Berry, 30, told Metro's Andrea Park (see Tuesday night's original post below), that things escalated when the train got to Borough Hall.
"He had to walk through them and one started talking trash and he was saying, 'Don't touch me. Get out of my face,' and everybody on the train was trying to mind their business but they were getting loud," Berry said.
:"I saw the older man pull out the gun from his pocket and people were like 'It's a gun' … I saw the older guy put the clip in the gun and he looked like he was getting in the position to shoot him so we all ran off the train," Berry told Metro.
"The two dudes ran up the stairs and the guy was all calm with the gun in his hand and walked up the stairs and everybody ran down the stairs. Not even 40 seconds later we heard a pop."
The weapon was a 9mm that the corrections office was licensed to carry, officials said.
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