Authorities said Wednesday that a Brooklyn man suspected of shooting a former buddy in the jaw might face murder charges now that the victim has died.
Douglas Pugh, who shot Arturo Scott inside the Lincoln Towers in East New York, Brooklyn, at 7:25 p.m. on Jan. 23, is already facing attempted murder, assault, and weapons possession charges, according to police.
Authorities claimed the victim was unable to talk after his injury, but in a message to officers, he identified Pugh as his assailant.
According to family, Scott lived in California but visited frequently to New York, where he lived years before. He was shot while celebrating his birthday in Brooklyn.
According to authorities, EMS brought him to Brookdale University Hospital in critical but stable condition. The next day, he turned 42. Scott was able to return home after he had fully recovered. However, he passed away on August 13 at Centinela Hospital Medical Center in Inglewood, California.
Scott died as a result of complications from the gunshot wound, according to an autopsy performed in California. His death was deemed a homicide on Tuesday, according to the NYPD.
Scott’s family stated they had recently learnt about the shooting. They assumed cancer had taken away his ability to communicate.
Scott returned to California, according to Charles, because he like the weather and environment there and wanted to get away from New York. Scott wanted to relocate her out there, she claimed, and they spoke about it. He would go between New York and California on a regular basis. From time to time, his 16-year-old son would pay him a visit. Scott worked at a restaurant and catering firm and had a passion for cutting hair and cooking.
Pugh, Scott’s alleged killer and a resident of the building where the crime took place, was arrested on Feb. 5. Scott was arrested seven times for primarily minor charges, including marijuana possession, according to police.
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