This is a damned shame.
A Bronx man has been arrested in the fatal shooting of a neighbor who asked him to quiet down so his kids could sleep, police said Monday.
Santo Silva, 57, has not yet been formally charged because he is being treated at Lincoln Hospital for chest pains.
Police said Silva had been drinking when David Morales, 30, confronted him early Sunday to ask him to pipe down so his kids could get some sleep, police and relatives said.
Before he was slain, Morales called across the street to the home of his nephew Louie Garcia, 41, to complain about the neighbor’s 5 a.m. noisemaking.
Moments later, Garcia, who was pals with the loud neighbor, got a second call from Morales – one he will never forget.
“I heard him trying to breathe over the phone – gasping,” a shaken Garcia recalled. “He couldn’t talk.”
Garcia said he hung up and called the landline again. A neighbor answered and said Morales had been shot in the chest.
Garcia and Morales’ cousin Bianca, 17, rushed over to the Vyse Ave. building and found Morales near death outside his room. His puzzled children were still inside.
Bianca dialed 911 and then tried in vain to save Morales’ life.
“He felt very cold and had sweat on his body,” Bianca said. “It felt like a sponge – it wasn’t even stiff. I realized he had taken his last breath.”
While Garcia made a last attempt to revive Morales using cardiopulmonary resuscitation, Bianca went to care for Morales’ boys, David Michael, 8, and Devon, 6.
“They were confused. They didn’t understand what was going on,” Bianca said.
Garcia said the noisy neighbor, who worked as a seaman in his native Panama, fled the scene.
He later returned and gave himself up to police, Garcia said.
What is wrong with people? These poor boys have to grow up without a father because some maniac wanted to be loud and drunk at 5 a.m.???