An ex-con who won over his neighbors with his devotion to keeping their Brooklyn NYCHA building tidy and safe was fatally shot in the face when he answered a knock on his apartment door, police said Monday.
Jeroid Tindal, 47, clung to life for almost a week at Woodhull Medical Center before dying Sunday.
He was shot in the face and chest about 10 p.m. on March 8 by a gunman who knocked on Tindal’s door inside Independence Towers, a NYCHA housing development on Taylor St. near Bedford Ave. in Williamsburg.
“I thought I was in a war,” said his 30-year-old next-door neighbor, who gave his name as Moshe and who heard the gunshots that took Tindal’s life.
“He was a very nice guy, a very good man. He’s one of the best neighbors here,” said Moshe, who knew Tindal had done time and said the slain man had even shown him scars from past bullet wounds. “He’s cleaning every day in the hallway, because the Housing [NYCHA] isn’t doing a good job. So he’s doing it every day — he’s washing, he’s cleaning.”
“He’s lovely to everyone. It was a real pleasure to live with him together,” Moshe added. “It’s a big loss for us.”
The killer ran off, leaving behind three shell casings, police said.
Others in the apartment at the time were not hurt — and have not cooperated with detectives, police said.
Tindal was charged in a 1989 golf club attack in Brooklyn in which the victim spent time in a coma before dying. Records show that in 2004 Tindal was conditionally released by parole after serving eight years for an attempted murder conviction.