Chinese food delivery man shot dead in Queens

A Chinese food delivery man making a food drop on a scooter in Queens was shot and killed Saturday night, possibly by a stray bullet, according to police.

Zhiwen Yan, 45, was making a delivery near 108th Street and 67th Drive in Forest Hills around 9:30 p.m. when he was struck once in the chest, police said on Sunday.

Yan, of Queens, was found unconscious at the scene after police responded to a 911 call, and rushed to Elmhurst Hospital, according to police.

He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Zhiwen Yan was shot and killed while making a food delivery in Forest Hills, Queens on April 30, 2022.
Zhiwen Yan was shot and killed while making a food delivery in Forest Hills, Queens on April 30, 2022.
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NYPD at the scene of the fatal Queens shooting.
NYPD at the scene of the fatal Queens shooting.
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Police said there have been no arrests and the investigation is continuing for a motive — although cops believe Yan was hit by a stray bullet.

But according to a GoFundMe page posted on Sunday for Yan’s three children, the shooting was “a random act of road rage” while he was on a delivery run for Chinese restaurant Great Wall.

Witnesses told cops a Lexus was seen fleeing the scene, sources told The Post.

The scooter Yan was riding when he was shot while making a delivery.
The scooter Yan was riding when he was shot while making a delivery.
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According to police, Yan may have been hit by a stray bullet.
According to police, Yan may have been hit by a stray bullet.
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Yan was taken to Elmhurst Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Yan was taken to Elmhurst Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
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Yan migrated from China more than 20 years ago and delivers for the eatery seven days a week, the GoFundMe page said, and leaves behind three children, ages 2, 12 and 14.

The page had raised more than $8,500 by midday Sunday and has a goal of $100,000.

Cops are now scouring the neighborhood for surveillance footage of the shooting.

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