Alexander Manning was fatally shot in the chest when he stood up to four teens outside his East Flatbush apartment on Sunday evening, according to cops.
A former marine who served eight years for his country was killed by a group of gun-toting teens when he refused to let them rob him in front of his Brooklyn apartment, police and his family said Thursday.
Alexander Manning, 52, went by the nickname Peanut because of his small stature as a child, but he cast a long shadow to his friends and family, relatives said.
“He was a Marine before he became a Marine,” his sister, Olivia Manning, 50, one of seven siblings, told the Daily News. “At 12 years old, he said ‘I’m the man of the house.’ Just from a young age, he stepped up.”
That gusto is likely why Manning stood up to four teens who tried to rob him just steps from his modest apartment on E. 52nd St. near Winthrop St. in East Flatbush around 8:45 p.m. Sunday, family said.
When Manning resisted, one of the teens opened fire, fatally striking him in the chest, cops said.
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The 52-year-old ‘was a Marine before he became a Marine,’ said his sister Olivia Manning.
The bullet exited his body and struck one of the robbers, Michael Williams, 16, who cops found a few blocks away. He was taken into custody but had not yet been charged in the attack, cops said. His three accomplices were still at large, cops said.
Manning died at Kings County Hospital, police said.
Despite making a living renting properties in his hometown of Philadelphia, Manning chose to live below his means, instead donating money to United Methodist Church in Harlem.
He was prone to similar acts of generosity with his family, his sister Olivia Manning, said at her brother’s apartment Thursday.
by, KELDY ORTIZ, JOSEPH STEPANSKY