NYPD: Queens bar boss opened fire, shot 2, in retaliation for being kicked out

NEW YORK — An overnight shooting at a Queens bar has sent two people to hospital. According to police, the victims work for the New York City Department of Correction.

The police are still looking for the suspect.

Bullets ripped through the Showtime Bar and Lounge early Saturday morning on 101st Avenue in Richmond Hill, shattering front windows and any sense of safety, CBS2’s Christina Fan reported.

Police say the suspect, a disgruntled customer, was kicked out of the bar because of an argument. Investigators said he left around 1:30 a.m. and, once outside, fired into the bar.

The victims were hit randomly. A 31-year-old man was shot in the left hand. A 32-year-old woman was shot in the foot. They were rushed to Jamaica Hospital and are expected to be fine.

The shooting adds to the latest crime statistics, which show incidents in New York City are up 10% from the same time in 2021 and 58% from 2020.

On Friday, Mayor Eric Adams joined Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot in demanding solutions to gun violence from the federal government. The mayors called for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to be better funded and for a focus on illegal gun manufacturers.

“We’re pro-public safety and justice. It’s not touchy and say let’s ignore the crime we’re dealing with. No. We’re saying the way you deal with crime is to prevent crime while you deal with what is happening right now. It’s a whole new way of thinking about public safety,” Adams said.


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