NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A brawl between traders ended in gunfire Monday morning in Upper Manhattan.
The NYPD said a total of five people were shot, including the suspect. He was shot in the hip by responders and taken to hospital in stable condition.
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NYPD patrol leader Juanita Holmes said reporters’ agents had done the right thing and it was good that they were there.
Uniformed officers were on patrol and getting ready when an Inwood bar party turned chaotic around closing time.
“They know the establishments are closing at that point,” Holmes said. “They see a group of individuals engaged in some sort of verbal discussion.”
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Holmes said a group of men got into an argument around 4 a.m. as they left Magic Sundays at 11:11 a.m. at the restaurant and lounge on West 212th Street and 10th Avenue in Inwood. Police believed they had managed to end the fight and the two groups moved away, but a man pulled out a gun and started shooting.
“Our officers take cover. We retaliate against the fire. We hit the person who owned the gun, ”Holmes said. In addition to that, I think there were four other victims who were injured.
The surveillance video shows the following moments. People have been seen fleeing the violence.
All five men, including the gunman, were treated in hospital and are expected to survive.
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Police said the suspect used a so-called ‘ghost gun’, which is usually sold in pieces online and then assembled. They do not have a serial number and cannot be traced.
“There are a lot of guns on the streets,” said Yudesca Kasse, a resident of the neighborhood.
Local leaders are now asking the town hall to increase the number of agents in the neighborhood.
“In the past three months, three people have been killed in this neighborhood,” said Ydanis Rodriguez, member of the city council.
At around the same time last week, two people were shot dead outside the Opus Lounge. It is less than a mile from the 11:11 Restaurant and Lounge and is owned by the same company, Grow Hospitality Group.
Police say they don’t think the shootings are related. CBS2 reached out at 11:11 am but got no response.
Meanwhile, the community wants authorities to shed light on the violence.
“Bad behavior, is it alcohol, is it drugs?” We need to know what the causes are, ”said resident Michael Garner.
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The police officers who responded were not injured in the shooting.