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NYC Man Shot by Stray Bullet While Walking Dog

by Sam Cronin
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Friday Jun 14, 2019
NYC Man Shot by Stray Bullet While Walking Dog

Winston McKay, 40, was shot and killed by a stray bullet while walking his dog after celebrating his and his husband's anniversary early Monday morning. The couple had just concluded their 18 year anniversary of meeting, when McKay took their dog, Milton, for a walk in their Hamilton Heights neighborhood around 2:20am.

After turning a corner, McKay wound up in the crossfire of an argument that turned violent. The gunman fired his weapon, and a stray bullet caught McKay in the right leg, puncturing his femoral artery. Police rushed him to the hospital, and an attempt at CPR was unsuccessful. He died in hospital later that day.

McKay was a librarian and was attending Mildred Elley College in Lower Manhattan. His husband Terry Solomon told the Daily News: "They tell you to remember the good times, the fact that we had 18 years, but I was robbed of another 18 years with the person I loved. And now I have to go to a funeral and say my final goodbye."

Solomon also told ABC 7 News that he thinks his late husband would want to show mercy to the gunman, and spoke out against gun violence. "Guns are not the way for anything," Solomon said. "Give me peace. My husband believed in redemption... He was a merciful person, and he would never want somebody to be locked behind bars for the rest of their lives for something like that."

According to the same ABC article, "Police are still searching for the gunman, but they say they have surveillance video of the actual shooting. Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782)."

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