A 24-year-old man shot outside his apartment early Saturday collapsed in his mother’s arms before dying.
“He said, ‘Mom, they shot me. I’m dead,’” said Daressalaam Mosley, the devastated mother of victim O’Neal Mosley. “He fell on the floor and I was kissing my son, doing CPR.”
Mosley was blasted in the torso and leg in front of the Armstrong Houses on Clifton Place near Nostrand Ave. in Bedford-Stuyvesant about 3:40 a.m.
“I heard three (shots), and then I heard someone scream, ‘Why do you have a gun?’ and then they just ran off,” said neighbor Karema Rincon, 17. “I didn’t dare to look outside because if they were to see me then something could have happened.”
Mosley’s mother also heard the shots from the family’s ground-floor home — and immediately reached for her apartment door that opens onto the street knowing her son was still outside.
“My (other son) said, ‘Don’t open the door!’ I said, ‘My son is out there!’” the grief-stricken mom remembered.
When she threw open the door she found her son outside bleeding from his mid-section.
“I’m trying to find the bullet hole but it was in his stomach,” she added, struggling to fight back tears as she clutched family members for support. “I was hugging my son. I said, 'Please son, don't die.’"
First responders rushed Mosley to Woodhull Hospital but he could not be saved.
No arrests have been made.
Mosley had been an honor roll student at the Urban Assembly School for Music and Arts and was working at Target in Downtown Brooklyn, relatives said.
“Never missed a day of school," his mother said. “He was the best kid.”
The doomed Brooklyn resident was also a skilled artist who enjoyed drawing anime, his cousin Vashon Edwards, 21, said.
"He used to draw maps of the United States, maps of the world,” Edwards said. “He wanted to join the Army.”
“Growing up, he always made me laugh,” Edwards added. “He would make up funny dances for Grandma."
Neighbors said Mosley had just left a party when he was shot. He may have been killed over a woman, they speculated.
But Mosley’s mother believes her son was robbed.
"I was looking for his money,” the mom said, noting that O’Neal had just gotten paid and had recently received his tax return.
Mosley had at least $3,000 on him when he was killed, his stepfather Jeremy Mosley said.
"It was one of his buddies that he drinks with, I guarantee that,” the heartbroken stepdad said. “He's the only one that has a job so they're trying to mooch off him."
"He started hanging out with the wrong crew,” his stepfather said.
O'Neal Mosley was a “sweetheart boy,” according to Annie Capellan, who works in the Jerannie Deli near where the shooting took place.
"He was a good kid. I never saw him cause any trouble,” said Capellan, 49, who was stunned when she was told Mosley had been killed.
"I thought they were talking about somebody else, but when I heard it was him..." she said, her words drifting off as she shook her head in denial.
"People get angry — boom, boom, boom — people are killed for nothing."