Witnesses heard a single shot at about 2 a.m. in the Clifton section of Staten Island. Megatron was pronounced dead on the scene a short time later from a gun shot to his stomach.
Law enforcement officials would not immediately confirm his identity and said they were investigating the shooting.
Keith Robinson, who identified himself as Megatron’s father-in-law, said his family was distraught.
“He was a good person,” Robinson said, visibly upset, “Everyone’s just shocked.”
A friend who arrived at the scene at about 4 a.m. said she talked to him a few hours earlier.
“He just called me,” Lisa Torres said, “He asked me if I was going to [a friend’s] party.”
She became inconsolable as the news sank in.
“He’s right there on the ground. I can’t believe this,” she screamed as she broke down in tears. “You’re lying, you’re lying!That’s not Megatron right there!