by Linda Ikeji
A former Buffalo State football player is fighting for his life after being shot at close range during a liquor store fight in Queens, New York.
Malachi Capers, 20, a former defensive end at Division III Buffalo State, was shot in front of a 136 Deli & Grill on Springfield Boulevard on Monday afternoon, July 27.
Video surveillance shows Malachi bumping into the suspect inside the liquor store, as he attempts to walk past him, leading to a verbal argument before the pair started fighting. The altercation spilled into the street outside the store where the suspect pulled out a gun and shot the former footballer at close range.
Malachi was rushed to the hospital in critical condition and is expected to survive, the WKBW reported.
On Wednesday July 29, NYPD Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison tweeted a video of the incident and disclosed that the suspect, Jeffrey Thurston, was in custody.