Gunmen shoot four in Bay Ridge deli

Gunmen shoot four in Bay Ridge deli
Photo by Georgine Benvenuto

A trio of toughs opened fire on a Bay Ridge deli early Saturday morning in what police say may have been a gang-related attack.

Cops believe the shooter and two accomplices followed their target from outside a bar at the corner of 73rd Street and Third Avenue just before 4 am and opened fire, wounding their target and three bystanders, officials said.

A 44-year-old man sustained gunshot wounds to his chin, a 46-year-old took a bullet to the back, and a 33-year-old was shot in the ankle, law enforcement sources said. Emergency workers took them to Lutheran Medical Center in stable condition, according to police reports.

The store’s 28-year-old clerk was shot in the left arm and butt, and he brought himself to Lutheran Medical Center some time later, cops said. His injuries were not life-threatening, officials said.

Police have released photos of the suspects.

Local leaders say the bar has been a source of fights and noise in the past.

The community board and police met with its owners when an alcohol license was up for renewal with the state last year — police reminded them that they agreed to keep noise down and employ a security guard, according to district manager Josephine Beckmann.

Neighbors have since registered 21 complaints to 311 about loud noise at the bar, city data shows.

A woman who identified herself as the bar’s manager declined to comment and refused to give her name.

It has been a bloody year in 68th Precinct. In the summer, a man gunned down L&B Spumoni Gardens owner Louis Barbati in front of his Dyker Heights home. That suspect is still at large.

And last week, a woman was discovered with her face beaten in at Owl’s Head Park. There have been no arrests in that case either.

The investigation is ongoing, police said.

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The suspects: Police say these three were responsible for the shooting.