A Manhattan man with a troubled past was shot and killed just outside a legendary Harlem jazz club, police said Thursday.
Mohammed Nofal, 32, was shot in the head Wednesday night outside Minton’s Playhouse on W. 118th St.
“I heard, pow! One shot,” said a Harlem resident who didn’t want to give his name. “I came outside and I saw this guy laying on the ground. He wasn’t moving.”
Nofal, whose 2008 Land Rover was parked across the street with its headlights on, died at the scene of the of the 11 p.m. shooting. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Nofal, who had three cell phones and $1,000 in cash on him, was heading toward the club.
No one has been arrested.
It was unclear why Nofal, who sources said had prior arrests for drugs, assault and criminal possession of a weapon, was gunned down.
In its heyday, Minton’s Playhouse was home to jazz legends like Thelonious Monk and Dizzy Gillespie. The club, which reopened in 2006, could not be reached for comment.