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Cops: We will punish bad ‘Dogs’ • Brooklyn Paper

Cops: We will punish bad ‘Dogs’

Some residents are blaming the violence on a local motorcycle club.
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

Cops may muzzle the Filthy Mad Dogs, a Red Hook motorcycle club, following a double shooting inside its headquarters last Saturday, and a related shooting near Methodist Hospital in Park Slope.

The early morning violence was not the work of a club member — but the incident was inside the club’s Van Dyke Street hang-out, which is enough for police to potentially shutter the two-year-old club.

“We will take appropriate enforcement action,” said Capt. John Lewis, the commanding officer of the 76th Precinct.

Lewis said late last week that he’s planning to powwow with Dog members, and won’t tolerate misbehavior there.

The shootings are the first criminal incidents that are alleged to have occurred at the club, which has been the target of unsubstantiated allegations of rowdiness, including wild parties, drinking in public, and brawling in the streets.

Last week, those rumors apparently became real.

According to police, mayhem erupted at the club, which is near Van Brunt Street, at around 3:30 am when a shooter struck a 28-year-old in the left hand, and a bystander, a 33-year-old man, in the left knee.

The third victim, a 28-year-old man, was shot in the lower left leg at Sixth Street and Eighth Avenue about an hour later. The shooter drove from Red Hook to the hospital, where one of the Red Hook victim’s was taken, prosecutors allege.

A distressed Mad Dogs official said the club is getting blamed for the actions of the shooter, who, sources said, was involved in a love triangle that involved one of his victims and a woman.

The publicity and police attention, the Dog member said, is just “not fair.”

“It’s a very touchy situation now,” he added.

Lewis was unapologetic, saying the precinct is taking a zero tolerance approach.

“If we don’t take care of the little things, it has a chance to fester and grow,” Lewis said.

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