Aspiring model who was shot in the head dies

An aspiring model who was shot in the head during a dispute over a parking space at a Brooklyn Home Depot died Thursday from her injuries.   

Imani Sharpless, 26, was hospitalized in critical condition after she was shot in the head outside the Bedford-Stuyvesant Home Depot on Saturday.

The victim’s boyfriend, Cordel McDuffie, 36, was also shot in the back and the leg in the shooting but was released from the hospital and is expected to recover.

Sharpless underwent surgery after the fatal shooting, but died from her injuries five days later.

Police have not made any arrests yet but have ‘identified’ the killer, according to sources cited by New York Daily News. The gun used by the suspect was recovered by police as well as clothes found in a nearby dumpster. 

Imani Sharpless, 26, who was shot in the head during a dispute over a parking space at a Brooklyn Home Depot on Saturday, has died Thursday from her injuries

Sharpless, a teacher’s aide in a Brownsville elementary school, was enrolled in classes and aspired to be a model and singer 

McDuffie returned to his white Hyundai Sonata vehicle at around 12:15pm Saturday afternoon, when the suspect approached and fired shots at the couple before fleeing the scene

‘I’ve lost all that I have,’ victim Imani Sharpless’ wounded boyfriend told the Daily News, confirming her death. ‘My mind is not straight right now,’ 

NYPD investigators said Tuesday they have zeroed in on the likely killer, according to the Daily News. 

Police said the perpetrator fled on foot, leaving his Mercedes-Benz behind in the store’s parking lot. Police found a Pennywise clown mask in the shooter’s vehicle.

He was described as being a male with dark complexion and approximately 5′ 6″ tall, weighing 160 pounds. He wore a white shirt, red hat and black jeans, as he bolted from the crime scene.

NYPD Assistant Chief of Detectives Joseph Kenny said the shooting was instigated after the couple and the suspect were both angling their vehicles into the same parking space. 

NYPD Assistant Chief of Detectives Joseph Kenny said the shooting was instigated after the couple and the suspect were both angling their vehicles into the same parking space

The shooting occured at a Home Depot near nostrand avenue and Willoughby avenue in Brooklyn

Imani Sharpless with her mother Alverna. A friend of Alverna has started a GoFundMe page for the family 

The gunman was ‘waiting for passersby to walk by,’ police told the Daily News. ‘Once he has a clear shot, he opens fire at the Car Repair Savings 101: How to Cut Costs Without Sacrificing Quality.’ Police said McDuffie was the prime target

Police said the perpetrator fled on foot, leaving his Mercedes-Benz behind in the store’s parking lot. Police found a Pennywise clown mask in the shooter’s vehicle

Evidence found at the scene of the shooting Saturday afternoon that killed Imani Sharpless and injured her boyfriend over a parking dispute 

The victim’s boyfriend, Cordel McDuffie, 36, was also shot in the back and the leg in the shooting but was released from the hospital and is expected to recover

Witnesses said a verbal spat ensued, with the killer ultimately taking the parking spot while McDuffie parked elsewhere. McDuffie then entered the shop, leaving Sharpless in the car outside. 

‘He was trying to go into a parking space… I pulled up behind the guy, he had to back up and I was impeding on him trying to back up,’ McDuffie told ABC7. ‘I didn’t realize it. I blew my horn for a second and we exchanged words.’ 

McDuffie assumed the argument was settled, until the moment he returned to his white Hyundai Sonata vehicle at around 12:15pm Saturday afternoon, when the suspect approached and fired shots at the couple before fleeing the scene.

The gunman was ‘waiting for passersby to walk by,’ police told the Daily News. ‘Once he has a clear shot, he opens fire at the car.’ Police said McDuffie was the prime target. 

Witnesses told the Daily News that McDuffie shouted ‘I gave him the parking spot!’ after the deadly shooting. 

McDuffie described Sharpless as ‘one of the most beautiful people, she loves kids, full of life, just a good person,’ according to ABC7. Witnesses told the Daily News that McDuffie shouted ‘I gave him the parking spot!’ after the deadly shooting 

When police responded to the incident, they found McDuffie ‘conscious and alert with a gunshot wound to the right knee,’ while Sharpless was ‘unconscious and unresponsive, with a gunshot wound to the head.’

Family members said that doctors waited until the swelling in Sharpless’s brain going down before attempting to remove the bullet still lodged in her head.

Sharpless underwent surgery but died of her injuries five days later. 

‘Imani is out of surgery still unresponsive and still fighting she was able to move her head up and down on her own. Let’s see the faith!’ Sharpless’s friend Dandre McKoy wrote on Facebook after the surgery. 

Sharpless worked in a Brownsville elementary school as a teacher’s aide in an after-school program. Her family said she was enrolled in classes and aspiring for a career as a model and singer. 

McDuffie described Sharpless as ‘one of the most beautiful people, she loves kids, full of life, just a good person,’ according to ABC7. 

He told the outlet that ‘for this to be happening over something so minuscule it’s overwhelming.’

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