1:21 PM PT -- The NYPD says it apprehended the shooting suspect late Wednesday afternoon.
"Great investigative work done by the 105 Precinct Detective Squad, Queens South Homicide, Sergeant Castle, Detective Covatti & the rest of Team Castle from Regional Fugitive Task Force for apprehending Jeffrey Thurston in less than 48 hours," NYPD Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison said.
A former Buffalo State football player is fighting for his life after being shot during an altercation at a liquor store Monday ... and cops have released the shocking footage in hopes of catching the suspect.
NYPD officials say a fight broke out between Malachi Capers -- a former D-end at Buff. State -- and another man after the two bumped into each other inside 136 Deli & Grill in Queens.
You can see in surveillance footage of the incident ... Capers brushed up against the man's shoulder -- and then the two exchanged words.
Eventually, fists started flying ... and that's when the former football player tackled the guy to the ground outside the store.
When the man was able to free himself from Capers' grasp ... you can see in the video, he pulled out a firearm and shot the 20-year-old in the stomach.
Capers is now reportedly in the hospital battling critical injuries.
Now, the NYPD says it's looking for the gunman -- who officials ID'ed as Jeffrey Thurston -- and is asking for any help in finding his location.
Buffalo State head coach Christian Ozolins, meanwhile, released a statement to multiple media outlets regarding the shooting ... saying, "Malachi was a well-liked member of our football family during his freshman year in 2018 and has remained a friend to many in our program as he has continued his education at Buffalo State after leaving the team due to on-going injury issues."
"We have him in our thoughts as we wish for a speedy and full recovery."