Gunmen shoot four in Bay Ridge deli

What a scene: Police investigate after three gunmen shot up a Third Avenue deli early Saturday.
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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.

Reach deputy editor Max Jaeger at or by calling (718) 260–8303. Follow him on Twitter @JustTheMax.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Rick Mahorn from Bay Ridge says:
It has been the worst year of crime I can ever remember in Bay Ridge. The NYPD insists crime is down but the residents know better. The 68 Precinct does nothing to address the terrible nightlife and bar issues we have! The police are never around when these bars let out and this is what happens.
Oct. 8, 2016, 10:34 am
John from Bay Ridge says:
This is what happens when the overnight tour spends more time sleeping than patrolling. The problems with the 68 overnight tour go back decades. First and foremost this is a failure of supervision.
Oct. 8, 2016, 11:29 am
MJ from Bay Ridge says:
The corners of 72-73 ST & 3 AV is a problem spot for many years. Drug dealing to kids on broad daylight, loud music from bar and hookah lounge. And there's many 24-hour smoke shop opening on each block from 68 to 75, where kids hangout afterschool. Shoplifting by minor is a big problem at Rite Aid. No wonder gangs from other neighborhoods come visit us.
Oct. 8, 2016, 12:23 pm
MJ from Bay Ridge says:
it seems that whenever a bar establishment uses a promoter to get other people to visit, bad things will happen on the street.
Oct. 8, 2016, 1:05 pm
John from Bay Ridge says:
The CO and XO of the 68 need to have their feet held to the fire on the supervision failures in the 68, which are especially bad on the overnight tour. The local criminals have known for years that there is almost no patrol presence in the 68 on the overnight tour.
Oct. 8, 2016, 2:24 pm
MJ from Bay Ridge says:
criminals are undoing all the good work by the community members, very sad.
Oct. 8, 2016, 3:03 pm
Bennett from Carroll Gardens says:
Chin? Ankle? These people should not be carrying.
Oct. 8, 2016, 3:57 pm
EmilyAnn Frances May from Bay Ridge says:
There are too many bars in Bay Ridge. This is the result. We need other types of venues that are in keeping with a residential neighborhood.
Oct. 8, 2016, 9:26 pm
Mark from Bay Ridge says:
If Internal Affairs busted the cops "cooping" on the 12-8 this crap would not happen in Bay Ridge.
Oct. 8, 2016, 10:29 pm
Ellie from Bay Ridge says:
It is evident that nothing is being done to keep the trouble makers under control. Kids smoke marijuana in broad daylight like it's a normal thing. Drug dealing isn't even being hidden anymore. The most troubling thing is that there are so many children in this area of 73rd street and 3rd avenue. Something needs to be done, and now!
Oct. 9, 2016, 12:38 am
Jack from Bay Ridge says:
The police of the 68th precient need to get out and do something. Too many things happen because they're not on the streets.
Oct. 9, 2016, 2:47 am
EmilyAnn Frances May from Bay Ridge says:
Saturday night, 10/8/16, was the first quiet night in a long time. I didn't have to hear the ugly sounds of the motorcycles and drag racing cars as they speed through the streets.

The police are great for giving out tickets to drivers but why aren't they going after these speedsters? There is a very high concentration of motorcyclists and drag racers whenever the weather is nice. The beautiful streets leading up to the shore are being turned into a drag strip. These are quality of life violations. The police should actively be going after and ticketing these offenders.
Oct. 9, 2016, 8:41 am
John from Bay Ridge says:
The primary law enforcement focus of the 68th is to have TEA's issue summonses to parked vehicles. Moving violations are seldom issued, especially when you compare the 68 with surrounding precincts. Patrolling at night and issuing moving violations require effort on the part of the patrol force and supervisory attention to make sure these things are done. The 68 lacks that effort and supervisory attention.
Oct. 9, 2016, 8:52 am
Liz from Bayridge says:
Recently moved here from sunset park area . Defiantly more police presence there especially after dark .Bayridge is a beautiful neighborhood , don't give to the criminals .
Oct. 9, 2016, 6:21 pm
MJ from Bay Ridge says:
The next 68th precinct community meeting is Wednesday October 19. Come early and expect larger crowd and media reporters.
Oct. 9, 2016, 7:05 pm
MJ from Bay Ridge says:
Third Wednesday of each month (changed from Tuesday since September)
Oct. 9, 2016, 7:07 pm
Sean F from Bensonhurst says:
Question for the writer/editor: why is the name of the bar involved not disclosed in the article?
Oct. 11, 2016, 1:17 pm
Bob from Bay ridge says:
I thought the same thing, that bar is a well known den of criminality, I suspect that the writers hang out there and are protecting the place as to not offend thier barkeeps.....
Oct. 12, 2016, 11:07 am
Alan from Bay ridge says:
Heres a thought the name of the bar is not being used because nothing happened in the bar! There was no fight or dispute. The victims were followed from down the block where they were drinking beer bought from the deli. The bar should never been mentioned in the 1st place!
Oct. 12, 2016, 6:27 pm

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