Neighbors along Tacony Creek Park in Feltonville were startled late Monday night by the sound of crashing along their block and came outside to find a gruesome scene: a limousine driver slumped down in the driver's seat of his Town Car, dead of a gunshot wound to the face.
"I was so scared," a neighbor who gave his name as Tom said.
"I came out and saw blood," he added, indicating his neck. "They said call police, call 911."
Chief Inspector Scott Small said police were called to the scene, on Bingham Street above Rockland, at 11:10 p.m. and found the 52-year-old limousine driver dead in the front seat of the silver Town Car, which came to rest after hitting four parked cars on the block.
The driver was pronounced dead at the scene at 11:25 p.m.
Three witnesses were able to tell cops that they saw three young men running west on Rockland from the scene, Small said, and shortly after the shooting, officers from the 25th District stopped a man matching that description and covered in blood about two blocks from the scene.
That man was taken into police custody and being questioned by homicide detectives, Small said.
A bullet hole pockmarked a stop sign on the end of the block, but cops were still investigating whether that was related to the shooting. Small said it apppeared that the driver had some passengers in the back of his limousine and that the shot that killed him was fired from the back seat.
The driver worked for a legitimate company, police said, and his radio was still going as police investigated the shooting on the shadowy, tree-lined block. Blood covered the inside of the Town Car, cops said.
Small said police were looking at video from private surveillance cameras in the area to see if it captured any of the fatal shooting. Cops remained at the scene investigating the homicide around 1:30 a.m.