By Maria Rocha-Buschel
Police arrested 25-year-old Christian Vargas after he allegedly shot a security guard in Kips Bay and later returned to the scene of the crime.
Police said that shortly after 5:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 10, Vargas kicked and attempted to pry open the front door entrance of a Target store that is under construction in Kips Bay Court at 520 Second Avenue where the victim was stationed.
Vargas allegedly spat on the guard and began grappling with him and in the course of the struggle, the victim’s 9mm pistol fell to the ground. Vargas allegedly grabbed the gun and shot at the guard, hitting him three times.
According to the New York Post, Vargas was arrested at the scene later that morning because he had dropped his wallet and keys during the incident and returned to retrieve them around 7 a.m.
Stuyvesant Town general manager Rick Hayduk told Town & Village that the guard works for a private security company contracted by Target, which is opening a store next month at the building in Kips Bay Court, which is owned by Blackstone.
The victim is a retired police officer and was working security at the store while it is under construction. The Manhattan district attorney’s office said that the guard was armed with his former service weapon that he has a license to carry.
According to the district attorney’s office, the victim suffered three gunshot wounds that caused internal bleeding and required emergency surgery, but police confirmed that the victim will recover from his injuries, which were not life-threatening. The Post said that the victim is currently in stable condition at Bellevue.
Vargas was charged with attempted murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon.
An attorney for Vargas did not respond to a request for comment.