There are few things worth killing for in this world. An iPhone just ain’t one of them.
Unfortunately, at least one person disagrees, proving it by shooting and killing a 34-year-old Sheepshead Bay resident at around 9 p.m. on Saturday.
Police responded to a 911 call of a male shot inside the lobby of an apartment at 2701 Ocean Avenue, near Avenue W. When they arrived, officers found Viktor Kolodiy, who lived in the building, bleeding out of one gunshot wound to the torso.
According to the New York Post, two friends of the victim said the incident occurred following an argument over an iPhone between the victim and at least one suspect. The suspect pulled a gun and shot Kolodiy in the back.
EMS responded and transported the victim to Kings County Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
There are no arrests at this time and the investigation is ongoing.
Crimes involving iPods, iPads and other popular consumer electronics are on the rise, but are usually limited to theft, muggings and the occasional assault – especially on the subway, as noted by Gothamist.
The murder comes less than four months after an eerily similar case in upper Manhattan. In May, a 24-year-old father was shot to death for an iPhone also in his apartment lobby. Three people – including a teenager – were taken into custody in connection with the investigation.