NYPD releases surveillance images of man wanted for questioning in fatal Harlem BBQ shooting

Police on Wednesday released surveillance images of a man sought for questioning in the death of a 31-year-old man gunned down at a Harlem barbecue, officials said.

The man being sought, last seen sporting a beard and a beige checker-board baseball cap, is considered a person of interest in the murder of Tamel Jackson-Breland, who was fatally shot on W. 140th St. near Frederick Douglass Blvd. on June 21, cops said.

Jackson-Breland was dropped off at Harlem Hospital by a woman driving a blue vehicle about 2:35 a.m. He died a short time later from gunshot wounds to the back.

Police on the scene at W. 140th St. in Harlem.
Police on the scene at W. 140th St. in Harlem. (Luiz C. Ribeiro)

In September 2012, when Jackson-Breland was 22, he was shot in the head during an argument with a teen gunman at a cookout in a schoolyard on E. 111th St. in East Harlem. The bullet passed through his brain but somehow didn’t kill him.

Jackson-Breland was living in upstate Middletown when he was killed, according to cops. He had a criminal past dating back to at least 2006 when police in Middletown arrested him for gun possession at age 17, according to the Times Herald-Record.

Cops released the surveillance images of their suspect in the hopes someone recognizes him. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

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