Kingsbridge man arrested in Broadway shooting


Police spent the weekend looking for two women they believe might at least have knowledge about a shooting overnight Friday, and have since charged a Kingsbridge man with the death of Nicolas Vargas Jr.

Andy Lora-Soto, 20, of 244 W. 232nd St., was arrested Sunday and charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter, and criminal possession of a weapon.

He's accused of killing Vargas, 22, from near Manhattan's East Village, while he was in a car on Broadway near West 238th Street. First responders found Vargas unconscious just after midnight Friday with a gunshot wound to the head, before rushing him to a nearby hospital.

Police shared images of two women they said they wanted to talk to over the weekend, but it's not clear what involvement — if any — they had in the shooting. 

Vargas' death was just the first of what became a bloody weekend in the 50th Precinct. On Monday evening, police were called to 124 Eames Place where they found Christopher Pierce, 34, with a gunshot wound to the upper torso. He was rushed to an area hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.

No arrests have been made in Pierce's death.

Read more details in the Sept. 6 print edition of The Riverdale Press.