Shooting in Midtown: 3 people shot dead after an argument at a concert in Manhattan

MIDTOWN, Manhattan — Three people were shot dead in an argument that began inside a Midtown building apparently rented for a music performance on Tuesday night.

The dispute spilled outside on West 38th Street, where the three were shot at around 10:30 p.m.

Police say a 27-year-old man was shot in the stomach and a 24-year-old man in the chest. Both were found outside the performance space.

A 19-year-old man was found injured in the leg on East 37th Street and Madison Avenue.

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All three were taken to Bellevue Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The 27-year-old man and 19-year-old man injured in the gunfire are also considered suspects in the shooting.

A third person, a 17-year-old man, is also in custody and at least three firearms were recovered from the scene.

Police say the 17-year-old has an ongoing case for allegedly shooting someone in 2019 in Brooklyn and a separate arrest with a sealed firearm since he was 14.

The other two suspects also have criminal records, and a police official said the shooting appeared to be North Brooklyn gang violence transplanted to Midtown.

Authorities say innocent bystanders were also caught in the crossfire, but luckily none were hurt.

“It probably wasn’t until we got back to the hotel when I went – damn, what did we just go through,” eyewitness Eric Sinkovec said. “All of a sudden there was gunfire – people were running around, shouting a bit and mingling in the chaos.”

Sinkovec, who is here on business and stays around the corner, was cornered by police, along with other witnesses, on the sidewalk.

“I don’t know. You don’t want to stop living or say — oh I’m never going back to New York because of one experience when the other 20 were great,” he said.

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For months, cops have grappled with an increase in gun violence in every borough, blaming bail reform for eliminating many consequences of lawlessness.

In this case, the cops were on the scene within seconds and arrested the shooters.

All the victims would have been targeted.

The venue hosted a rap performance which could also include the recording of a rap video, which was promoted on social media.

Police were interviewing dozens of people who were inside the space at the time of the shooting.

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