The package had sat alongside the concrete stoop of a Queens two-family home for about a week before the landlord — a kind and generous man, 72 years old — made the fateful decision to bend down and look inside.
It was cylindrical, and rather large, as if a cardboard can of Quaker oats had doubled in size.
Someone addressed it with a single handwritten word, “Mac,” before tying it inside a clear plastic trash bag.
On Friday, landlord George Wray untied the bag, and pried open the top.
The cylinder exploded immediately, engulfing Wray’s head, arms, torso and legs in flames.
Now, as Wray fights for his life at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, police are hunting whoever put the bomb there — trying to determine whom it was meant for, and why.
A police source told The Post on Saturday the target is believed to be a Bloods gang member who lives at the Brookville property.
“It wasn’t supposed to be for him,” a detective at the scene said of Wray, who lives nearby with his wife.
Tenant Cornelius Freeman, 34, was asleep when the bomb went off at 4:15 p.m. Friday. He was awakened by firemen banging on his door, shouting, “You gotta come…