A man was shot twice on 9th Avenue in Hell’s Kitchen early on Saturday evening. Police cordoned off the area in front of The Forbidden Cannabis smoke store and Lubian Chinese Grilled Fish.
The incident happened on 9th Avenue, just south of W46th Street, at 5:44pm, according to a statement from NYPD. The New York Post obtained surveillance video of the shooting showing a dispute involving a group in front of the restaurant — and when shooting started them fleeing up 9th Avenue.
The 28-year-old male went to Mount Sinai West Hospital by private means after the attack. Police say that the investigation is ongoing at this time and there have been no arrests.
This year, there have been concerns in the neighborhood about crime around smoke shops. In January, a Hell’s Kitchen smoke shop worker was shot on 9th Avenue after a dispute involving at least six men.
Earlier this week, one of the more than 30 illicit smoke shops in Hell’s Kitchen went up in flames after a basement fire on W52nd Street. City officials have insisted that the stores are illegal and back in February Mayor Eric Adams and Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg declared a new initiative to smoke out New York’s 1,400 unlicensed cannabis shops.
Council Member Erik Bottcher told us this evening: “I am angered and saddened to learn of a shooting incident that occurred on W46th Street and 9th Avenue today. My office is in touch with the NYPD Midtown North precinct, who has informed us that one person was shot after an argument between two individuals. The wounded person drove themselves to a hospital for treatment, while the shooter fled in another vehicle. Such senseless acts of violence have no place in our city, and we condemn them in the strongest possible terms. The NYPD canvassed for video of the incident to bring those involved to justice. We stand united with the community in our commitment to ending gun violence and ensuring the safety and security of all New Yorkers.”
Overnight, a smoke shop called Kiss My Smoke was robbed at gunpoint further down 9th Avenue at W34th Street.
This story has been updated after viewing the New York Post’s surveillance footage.