Scene of Brooklyn barbershop shooting

Police are searching for two suspects who opened fire outside a Brooklyn barbershop Wednesday, leaving an elderly man dead. (September 28, 2011)

An elderly man who was standing outside a Brooklyn barbershop was gunned down by a stray bullet Wednesday during an apparent shootout.

According to authorities, 79-year-old Andrew Burke was standing outside of Fest's Barbershop on Marcus Garvey Blvd. in East New York at around 2 p.m. when he was struck in the neck during a hail of bullets between three men.

Burke was transported to Interfaith Medical Center where he was pronounced dead on arrival, officials said.

Police say the shooting unraveled after an unidentified man who was being chased by two men, ran inside the barbershop in an attempt to get away from the pair. The men then unleashed what is being described by witnesses as a flurry of bullets into the barbershop.

One of the stray bullets hit Burke who was caught off guard by the men. The man who was the intended target managed to escape unharmed through a door in the back of the Brooklyn shop.

Security video of the suspects fleeing the scene has since been released by police in an effort to identify the pair.

Anyone with information on the incident is urged to call Crime Stoppers Hotline at (800) 577-TIPS.