Police Arrest Suspect in Fatal Shooting of Convicted Murderer

Police investigate the shooting death of Franklin Bello, 48, was fatally shot in broad daylight on Wednesday in Washington Heights. (Barry Williams/for New York Daily News)

IBexclusive News Sunday March 31, 2019.

(IBEXNews) - A man wanted in the broad-daylight fatal shooting of a man in Washington Heights was arrested Saturday.

Michael Velazquez, 33, a neighborhood resident, fired nine rounds at Franklin Bello, 48, as he sat in his grey Toyota Corolla on W. 185th St. near St. Nicholas Ave. about 2 p.m. Wednesday, police said.

Bello was hit at least five times in the chest before he crawled out of his car and on to the sidewalk. Police were unable to revive him at the scene.

Witnesses said after Velazquez sprayed his victim with bullets, he casually walked away along St. Nicholas Ave., the murder weapon still in his hand.

Bello, who also lived in the neighborhood, spent 27 years in prison after he fatally shot a 22-year-old man in Brooklyn in 1991. He was released in 2008, but did another six years after a 2011 felony drug conviction.

It is unclear why Velazquez allegedly targeted Bello.

Velazquez faces murder, criminal use of a firearm and criminal possession of a firearm charges.



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