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Suspect nabbed for firing stray shot that killed bystander in Bronx deli mugging


A suspect has been nabbed for firing the stray bullet that killed a 29-year-old party promoter during a caught-on-video mugging in a Bronx deli early Easter morning, police said Wednesday.

Shward Bee, 31, was arrested in the Bronx early Wednesday and charged with murder, robbery and weapons possession in the slaying of Stefon Barnes inside the Tremont Gourmet Deli in East Tremont about 4:20 a.m. March 31.

The arrest did little to dull the pain over the party promoter’s death for the victim’s family.

“It’s not a happy occasion. It does not change the facts,” Martin Barnes, Stefon’s father, told the Daily News. “It does not change anything.”.

The victim was confronted inside Tremont Gourmet Deli on E. Tremont Ave. near Marmion Ave. in the Bronx on March 31, 2024. (Theodore Parisienne for New York Daily News)
The victim was confronted inside Tremont Gourmet Deli on E. Tremont Ave. near Marmion Ave. in the Bronx on March 31. (Theodore Parisienne for New York Daily News)

When an Easter party Barnes was hosting wrapped up he headed to the deli on on E. Tremont Ave. near Marmion Ave. to order breakfast. While looking over a rack of chips he was shot in the leg by the gunman, who was trying to hold up another customer at the deli, surveillance video obtained by the Daily News shows.

Patrons inside, including Barnes, seemed to be unaware of the mugging. A group of young people, one wearing bunny ears, danced as they filmed a cell phone video.

“The robbery victim’s friend sees what’s going on, runs in from the street, grabs the perpetrator in a chokehold and they continue to struggle over the firearm,” NYPD Chief of Detective Joseph Kenny said at a recent news briefing. “At some point, the gun goes off and unfortunately Mr. Barnes was struck in his left leg near his groin.”

Stefon Barnes (pictured) was ordering breakfast in a Bronx deli when he was shot to death inside the Tremont Gourmet Deli on E. Tremont Ave. near Marmion Ave. in the Bronx on Sunday, March 31, 2024.
Victim Stefon Barnes

In footage from outside the deli, Barnes is seen stumbling behind a car while customers and the people involved in the mugging run off.

Barnes lost a “tremendous” amount of blood and could not be saved, Kenny said.

Police released surveillance images of a man who they believe shot and killed a 29-year-old man in a Bronx deli. (NYPD)
Police released surveillance images of a man who they believe shot and killed a 29-year-old man in a Bronx deli. (NYPD)

Police released a photo of Bee and received numerous Crime Stoppers tips that led them to Mount Vernon, where he had been arrested five previous times for robbery, cops said.

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