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Man shot in head outside East Harlem housing complex

A black-clad gunman shot a man twice in the head outside an East Harlem housing complex before zooming off in a scooter Wednesday, in what cops are calling an execution-style hit.

“It looks like an execution,” an officer at the scene told the Daily News.

The victim was standing across the street from the Thomas Jefferson Houses on E. 115th St. between First and Second Aves. at 7:39 p.m. when the gunman fired two shots, which both struck his target in the head, according to law enforcement sources.

After making the hit, the gunman hopped on a scooter and fled the scene, sources say.

Medics rushed the victim to NY Health and Hospital Harlem, where he remained in critical condition Wednesday night, according to police.

Police secure the scene on East 115 street where a 36 year old male was shot twice to his head, on Wednesday, May 31, 2023. The victim was removed to Harlem Hospital having sustained life threatening injuries.

The victim was identified as 38-year-old Damien Calderon by his brother Alfred Bernard, 45. Calderon had just finished serving a prison sentence and was looking forward to life as a free man, according to his older sibling.

“He just recently came home from prison,” Bernard told The News. “He was in a program cleaning the streets, he was getting his life together.”

Calderon has two daughters, ages 6 and 7, who he loved and worked hard to provide for, according to another relative.

“He was a good man and a good father out here trying to take care of his kids,” said the relative, who declined to give his name.

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