By Jonathan Sperling
An Ozone Park club was the site of a bloody shooting on March 9, an incident that ended with two men wounded and a community group calling for the venue to be shut down.
Gunfire erupted outside of the RRR Bar & Lounge on Liberty Avenue and 88th Street just before 4 a.m., when a 38-year-old man allegedly shot a 32-year-old man in the foot, according to Chief of Patrol Rodney Harrison.
As plainclothes NYPD officers from the 106th Precinct responded to a 911 call from the club and arrived on scene, they reportedly noticed the two men fighting for control of the weapon, a 9mm Ruger.
The cops ordered the 38-year-old man to drop the gun, but he allegedly refused, prompting the cops to open fire. The suspected gunman was hit in the torso and arm.
Both men were taken to Jamaica Hospital and both were listed in stable condition as of press time.
The 9mm firearm, as well as a knife, were found at the location following the shooting. An investigation is still ongoing, police say.
Meanwhile, an Ozone Park community group is “disgusted” with the site of the shooting, calling for the establishment to be shuttered for good.
“This location has been the scene of numerous incidents in the last year with the last one a robbery of a patron that was followed from the bar, by patrons of the bar, to his home on 88 St, around the corner where he was robbed, October 29, 2018,” said the Ozone Park Block association in a statement. “The police have been called to this location on numerous occasions and the neighbors, surrounding residents, and businesses all corroborate the seriousness of the crimes and criminal element this bar brings.”