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NYC stand-up comedian wanted for subway shooting: NYPD


He’s a funnyman with a firearm, and he’s wanted for shooting someone on the subway — that’s no joke.

A suspect wanted for shooting and wounding a 34-year-old man on a Manhattan train is a stand-up comedian who likes to crack wise about the police, the Daily News has learned.

Marcos Cofresi, 30, has been sought by police since the violent Jan. 28 clash.

Just recently, investigators learned that Cofresi is a comedian that goes by the stage name Leo Cofresi, NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig said Friday.

Marcos Cofresi

Cofresi was with his girlfriend when an accidental bump with the victim on a Brooklyn-bound N train rumbling toward the Canal St. station led to a nearly deadly shooting.

“There’s a staredown between the two guys,” Essig said. “Marcos then pulls a gun, shoots (his victim).”

Cofresi, of Bushwick, fired twice, striking the man once in the left arm and once in the torso, police said. He got off the train at Canal St. with his girlfriend and took off.

He was wearing a New York jacket, a Yankees baseball cap and a surgical mask with a print of the lower half of a human skull on it when the shooting took place.

Medics took his victim to Bellevue Hospital. He’s expected to recover from his wounds, cops said.

The suspect wanted for shooting a 34-year-old man on the N train in Manhattan.

The victim was also with his girlfriend when the shooting occurred, police said.

Cofresi has performed at the Greenwich Village Comedy Club and Dania Beach Improv in Florida in April 2022, where he joked about the recent push to defund the NYPD.

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“Remember when people wanted to get rid of cops? Remember that?” he asked the audience, according to a video of his routine he posted on Tik Tok. “Like a year ago? Some dude in a turtleneck was like ‘We should get rid of cops!’ I was like, ‘You look very robable!’

“I was like, ‘Are you a fighter? Do you own a gun? Why do you want to get rid of cops?’” Confresi said on stage. “He’s like, ‘No I’m not a fighter I’m a lover.’ I was like ‘Nah, you’re a victim. We’re going to rob you dawg!’”

In another stand-up show last year, Confresi joked that “singing makes everything sound less serious,” including talking about criminal activity.

The suspect wanted for shooting a 34-year-old man on the N train in Manhattan.

Confresi, who has a telltale scar under his right eye, may have been returning home from a gig in the Flatiron District when he shot his victim, police said.

He has been arrested twice before for marijuana possession and turnstile jumping, a police source with knowledge of the case said.

Police are asking for the public’s help locating Cofresi.

Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is urged to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.


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