NYPD Reports 3 People Shot Outside New York Recording Studio
Three men were shot dead in a hail of gunfire outside a Midtown rental space where a rap video was filmed on Tuesday night – gruesome neighbors who watched the gang-related shooting erupt down the street , according to police and witnesses.
At least ten shots were exchanged between two groups outside the location near the West 38th Street and Fifth Avenue intersection around 10:40 p.m. – sending witnesses rushing for safety, sources said.
“I saw a body, someone lying on the ground, someone else lying on their stomach with their hands on their head,” said Ted Deutermann, a 54-year-old jewelry designer, who saw the incident from an apartment across the street.
“I then saw him grab a backpack and throw it under a car near him. I was afraid it was a bomb.
“I was surprised,” he said. “I didn’t expect a gang to be in this neighborhood.”
The shooting appears to be gang-related, law enforcement sources said.
The gunfire erupted after a group from Fort Greene, Brooklyn posted about a party – which drew dozens of people to the scene – in a social media video. A rival group from Crown Heights noticed the poles, showed up at the event and opened fire as the Fort Greene crew left, sources said.
One of the three victims, 24, was shot in the chest and suffered injuries initially thought to be life-threatening, but his condition was stable as of Wednesday morning, officers said.
A 27-year-old victim was shot in the abdomen and the third man, 19, was shot in the leg, police said. They were also hospitalized in stable condition.
Police roped off the block as victims bled on the street, said Laura Harris, 36, who works nearby Berry Jewelry.
“There were helicopters everywhere, cops everywhere, the whole block was closed. You could see people lying on the ground, it was kind of scary, definitely not typical for the area,” she said.
Onlookers, including workers at the Isla restaurant across the street, were stunned and scared by the attack.
“At first I thought it was fireworks until our security guard told us to come down,” said Sam MacIntosh, 32, managing director of the Aussie-style brewery. “[It was] obviously very shocking that it was just outside, literally just outside, on the doorstep of our restaurant.
On Wednesday, cops said the victims, aged 27 and 19, were taken into custody.
Police also arrested a 17-year-old man who had 10 prior arrests, including one for a shooting that took place when he was 14, sources said. At least four firearms were recovered.
Police are looking to question about two dozen people who remained inside the building after the shots rang out, sources said.
About 130 people were inside the space where the rap video was shot, cops said.