The man shot point-blank within the head during a horrific caught-on-video robbery at a Manhattan diner is a 37-year-old dad who can’t converse but however is miraculously nonetheless alive, his weeping mother stated Friday.
Grace Peña, 70, broke down in tears on the Washington Heights condo she shares together with her son Harrison Ferreiras as she checked out a Facebook photograph of him holding his now-8-year-old daughter when the little lady was a toddler in 2017.
“I’m heartbroken,” Peña, who makes use of a walker to get round, stated in Spanish to The Post by a translator — including that the household has but to inform her granddaughter that the kid’s father was gravely injured within the stickup.
Peña stated she has been retaining vigil for the previous two days by her son’s bedside within the intensive care unit of the Metropolitan Hospital Center, the place he is connected to tubes and may’t converse however stays alert — flashing “grateful” thumbs-up indicators at his medical caretakers.
“[Police] got here knocking on my door,” Peña recalled of the second she realized of the taking pictures. “Even if I needed to crawl, I might have gone [to the hospital]. I used to be crying.”
Ferreiras was consuming on the counter of the Seafood King Fish Market at Broadway and West 163rd Street simply earlier than 2 a.m. Wednesday when the masked robber — who had already stolen money and cellphones from each the patron and a cashier — senselessly pressed a particular blue gun in opposition to the diner’s head and fired a single shot, hitting him in the fitting cheek.
Ferreiras collapsed to the ground as a pool of blood shaped round him.
He appeared to aim to stand up earlier than the cashier, who had been hiding behind the counter, rushed to his facet, in accordance with footage obtained by The Post.
He was hospitalized in essential situation, police stated.
A employee on the eatery Friday stated Ferreiras is a reasonably frequent buyer who sometimes orders “salmon, yellow rice, generally soup.
“I really feel dangerous as a result of he’s a great individual, a great buyer. He respects everybody — no hassle with him,” she stated.
Two NYPD detectives stopped by the diner for about 10 minutes Friday asking for data from employees, the worker stated.
Since Ferreiras’ plight grew to become recognized, “his cellphone has not stopped ringing,” Peña stated.
“Harrison is thought by everybody within the neighborhood,” she stated. “The docs must cease individuals going to the hospital.
“People are type, they’re throwing themselves on the ground due to this tragedy,” she added, referring to their grief and disappointment. “The docs stated he’s very cherished due to all of the individuals coming to see him.”
She described her son — the youngest of her three youngsters — as “a great child” who usually does favors for neighbors on the block.
“If he was a man from the streets, it will be a distinct story,” she stated. “Why my son?
“I gave my youngsters training. … But that [shooter] did what he did. That stuff hurts.”
She stated she wants her critically injured son again dwelling to search out “peace in [her] coronary heart.
“Of course I’d like to go to the physician and he can inform me, ‘Oh, you’ll have your son again dwelling wholesome and protected,’ but it surely’s not like that. It’s a course of. It’s a protracted course of,” Peña stated.
She can be hoping to search out justice — together with her son’s shooter behind bars.
“I would like everyone to know,” Peña stated. “I would like the one that did this to go to jail, lock him up. He has to pay for what he did. They have to search out him and make him pay for what he did.”
The gunman, who had not been caught by Friday, is described as round 5 toes 5 and was final seen carrying black clothes, a black hat and masks.
The callous shooter was additionally seen carrying a black plastic bag holding the cash he’d allegedly compelled the cashier to fork over from the register.
Meanwhile, Ferreiras’ third-grade daughter — who was shielded from the information of what occurred to her father — was saved dwelling from college Thursday and Friday.
“She and her father are very shut. She loves her father loads, loads,” stated the lady’s different grandmother, who didn’t need to be recognized. “Maybe if we inform her, we’ll must take her to the hospital as a result of she loves him loads.
“We do issues together with her so she doesn’t ask for him,” the 61-year-old lady added. “Sometimes he goes to the hospital as a result of he has issues together with his abdomen. If she asks, I’ll inform her he’s within the hospital as a result of he has pains.”
Ferreiras was recognized to take his daughter out to eat and to the films, the grandmother stated.
“Every time she calls, ‘Daddy, convey me pizza, convey me McDonalds,’ he’ll do it,’ ” she stated.
“My daughter is crying. Me, too. … Everybody is crying. It’s horrible,” the girl added. “I really feel very, very unhappy, not good. I’ve a son. … I really like [Ferreiras] like [he is] my son, too. He’s a pleasant individual, stunning. Never in my life [have I seen] him battle with anyone. He has a great coronary heart.
“I can’t go to see him,” she stated, shaking her head. “May God assist him keep alive.”