A 21-year-old Pace University student who investigators believe had been selling marijuana from his apartment in a Lower Manhattan high-rise was shot to death early Wednesday by an unknown assailant who came to rob him, officials said.
Detectives said that the victim, Max Moreno of Matawan, N.J., sold marijuana to a man and woman about midnight and that after the two left his apartment, on the 37th floor of 2 Gold Street in the financial district, two men armed with a gun barged through the door.
The suspects were “looking for money,” Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said.
Some inside the apartment ran when the suspects entered. Mr. Moreno refused the gunman’s demand for money, said a law enforcement official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation was continuing. A struggle ensued, and the gunman pulled the trigger, which did not immediately discharge. The gunman again demanded money, and then fired a second time, the official said.
Mr. Moreno was shot once in the upper left part of his forehead, the official said. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital Center where he was pronounced dead on arrival. A small-caliber shell casing was later found on his bed, the official said.