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One dead and one wounded in suspected gang clash

Basket case: A police investigator searches through a trash bin outside the Coney Island fast food joint that was the site of a deadly stabbing on April 20.
Photo by Steve Solomonson

A bloody brawl at a Coney Island fast food joint left one man with fatal stab wounds and put another in the hospital — and police say they suspect gang activity.

Cops say they got the call at 10:56 pm about a fight between an unspecified number of males at the burger emporium at the corner of Stillwell and Mermaid avenues, and arrived on the scene in time to find two men bleeding from puncture wounds — one in the stomach, the other in the back. Medics rushed the former, 20-year-old Ezmond Harber of W. 28th Street, to Coney Island Hospital, where doctors declared him dead on arrival.

Ambulances brought the other injured man to Lutheran Medical Center in stable condition.

Police said that it appears the fight began inside the restaurant and spilled outdoors, but it is unclear if the two young men stabbed each other or were both victims of stabbing by another person or persons.

“Who stabbed who with what, that’s still being investigated,” a police source said.

The insider said that it appears the lethal incident was gang-related, but no arrests have been made, and authorities have yet to recover any weapon.

Reach reporter Will Bredderman at wbredderman@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4507. Follow him at twitter.com/WillBredderman.

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