Police have a suspect in custody in the Monday morning shooting death of 62-year-old Michael Scully, who was gunned down after leaving his apartment to walk his dog, according to sources.
The alleged gunman, 52, is being questioned at the 68th Precinct stationhouse but no charges have yet been filed.
“I hope he didn’t do that, because if he did, his life is over,” Angel Lopez, the suspect’s step-cousin, told The Post Tuesday.
“That guy never had a gun in his life,” Lopez said. “He likes to fight a lot, but not with guns. He likes knives — that’s what he likes the most. But that guy never had the balls to kill somebody.”
He said the alleged gunman, whose name is being withheld by The Post pending charges, is “kind of f—ed up in his mind,” and “has gone to jail here and there.”
Cops tracked down the suspect through surveillance cameras that captured the shooting at 74th Street near Seventh Avenue shortly before 7 a.m. — and used the footage to follow the alleged gunman to his home several blocks away, the sources said.
Scully and his alleged killer, who sources said had a fake pistol permit badge, were seen walking down the block on opposite sides of the street and looking at each other before getting into a conversation, according to sources.
Scully put his dogs inside his building before continuing the exchange with the man who then shot him, they said.
The motive remained unclear.
Scully, a lifelong Brooklynite and well-known figure in his neighborhood, was shot in the head and shoulder shortly after leaving his home and getting into a dispute with his alleged assailant, police said Monday.
Police have not disclosed the nature of the dispute or the motive for the shooting.
Friends and neighbors described Scully as a beloved perfume salesman who doted over his cocker spaniels — which he named after the Three Stooges — and who was generous with his close friends.
They said he formerly worked for tech giant Pitney Bowes but was self-employed as a cologne and perfume salesman.
“It broke my heart,” longtime friend David Martinez, 56, told The Post on Monday. “I’ve been hanging out with him ever since I was a teenager.”
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