Police are searching for whoever shot and killed a teenager Saturday afternoon just steps from his Brooklyn home. NY1's Mahsa Saeidi filed the following report.
Hours after 16-year-old Michael Moore was shot and killed in front of his home in East Flatbush, police stood guard outside, as friends lit candles to honor him and also shared memories of a life lost too soon.
"He always used to playfight," said friend Brittany Bowen. "Just a fun person to be around. So upbeat."
"He was just cool," said friend Anastasia Gibbons. "His personality, he's the type of person when you not in a good mood, he could have you in a good mood."
Investigators say gunfire erupted on East 53rd Street near Winthrop Street shortly before 12:44 p.m. Saturday, shocking residents nearby.
"My friend, she called me, she was like, 'I heard something out the window,' and she was like, 'Oh, it's Easy, it's Easy.' She was like, 'I think he's dead.'"
"She saw him on the floor, blood coming out his face," Gibbons said.
When police arrived on scene, they found Moore unconscious and unresponsive. He had been shot in the head. He was transported to Kings County Hospital, where he died minutes later.
"I knew him growing up, and I saw him literally as a baby," said neighbor Ty Bailey.
Bailey also saw the last moments of Moore's life, as a friend of the 16-year-old knelt over his body and called out his name.
"There was just fear and horror and just world crashing because your friend, who you know and who you basically roll with, is dead in front of you," he said.
Meanwhile, Primrose Dinnall, a family friend, said her son was friends with Moore and slept at his house the night before the shooting.
"My heart goes out for her," Dinnall said. "I'm a single mother, too, you know, and I would never want this to happen to any mom like that."
That family friend told NY1 she came to visit Moore's mother Saturday night to offer her support. She said the family is devastated.