A 24-year-old woman was killed and two other women were injured this morning when a gunman fired outside a Flatiron District nightclub. Police believe the shooter had been in an argument with a nightclub staffer prior to the shooting.
According to police, the shooting occurred after 4 a.m.: Three women, ages 24, 25 and 30, were leaving Motivo at 915 Broadway, when a male fired at an exit. The 24-year-old was shot in the back and was pronounced dead at Bellevue Hospital. The 25-year-old was shot in the hip and foot while the 30-year-old was shot in the shoulder; both are in stable condition.
A witness told WCBS 2, "I heard about six or seven loud, what seemed to be — I was in disbelief, but what seemed to be gunshots at the time. You could hear the yelling and screaming, but I was kind of hoping it was a fight for a minute then reality kind of hit you and see people on the ground. It was kind of mayhem."
At this point, police do not believe the women were his intended target. According to WABC 7, "Police say a man attending a party inside was kicked out but refused to leave, and then told people he was going to get his gun."
The Daily News reports, "Sources said that there was an argument inside the club as it was getting ready to close for the night and that the suspect left, got a gun from his vehicle and opened fire as patrons were exiting."
Recounting the confrontation, another witness described to PIX 11, "[The suspected shooter] tried to start fighting with another man inside the club [and then security] put him outside. They didn't let him back in. He said, 'That's how it's going to be?' He goes back inside the car. I don't know if it was him who shot [at the women]. He [ran] into the back into the black BMW and that's when I heard the gunshots, and hurt the three ladies."
Motivo's Facebook page says that last night was the "All Black Libra Bash"
The investigation is ongoing. Police say the shooter appeared to be in his 20s. A man who happened to be walking in the neighborhood said to PIX 11, "I wasn't sure what it was. As I approached I saw the screaming, the mayhem. Definitely uncommon for this part of town."