A suspected robber is dead after being shot by a retired police officer in Brooklyn Tuesday morning.
Police say it all began when two armed men tried to rob the 55-year-old driver of a Mercedes S Class near Linden Boulevard and Georgia Avenue in East New York.
Witnesses say when they weren't happy with the amount of money he was offering, the driver tried to offer his car to diffuse the situation, and then shot one of the suspects, identified as Manuel Ocampo, 18.
He was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
The second robbery suspect fled the scene but was later picked up by police for questioning.
Police Commissioner William Bratton says the retired police officer was working as an armed security guard for a waste recycling plant.
Sources say he left the force in 2003.
Sam Uddin, the manager of a nearby business, spoke with investigators and watched the entire incident which was caught on surveillance video. He says his store has been held up a number of times, twice at gunpoint, and describes this area as a war zone.
"These children being born in this area, they're almost conditioned to fail," said Uddin. "You can't ever expect them to be successful because they're conditioned with such all the crime, and all the violence, and all the drugs, prostitution. I mean you name it. They see this crap on the way to school. You think kids didn't walk by this morning and see a dead body? I mean what does that do to a child?"
The carjacking victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment.