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Police are searching for four suspects after two men were killed early this morning at a recording studio on W37th Street just east of 9th Avenue. The recording space at Nightlife Productions studio has been operating in the neighborhood for over 15 years.

The scene on W37th Street early this morning. Photo via Citizen

City Council Member Erik Bottcher spoke to studio owner Bernadette Brennan after the incident: “I’ve spoken to my friend who owns the studio and we’re all shaken by this tragic incident. Our city is awash in guns. More needs to be done to stop the flow of guns into our city and to get them off the streets,” he said.

Investigators said that one of the victims was shot in the torso at around 12:15am and managed to get outside the studio onto W37th Street before collapsing. The other man, identified as Kamir King, of Harlem, was shot in the head. The men, both in their 20s, were taken to Bellevue Hospital where they were pronounced dead. Police believed the shooting was targeted, and that two guns were fired — several shell casings were recovered both inside and outside of the building, according to the NY Post. Deputy Chief Salvatore Comodo of Patrol Borough Manhattan South told reporters that investigators were also looking into whether the shooting was linked to another incident from May 7 of last year where shots were fired blocks away.

A statement from the NYPD read: “On Thursday, May 5, 2022 at approximately 0012 hours, police responded to a 911 call of a male shot at 350 West 37 Street, within the confines of the Midtown South Precinct. Upon arrival, officers observed an unidentified adult male in front of the location, unconscious and unresponsive, with a gunshot wound to the torso. Further investigation revealed a second victim, a 34-year-old male, discovered inside of 354 West 37 Street, 3rd floor; the victim sustained a gunshot wound to the head. EMS responded to the location and transported both victims to NYC Health & Hospitals/Bellevue, where they were both pronounced deceased. A firearm was recovered outside 350 West 37 Street, near the first victim. There are no arrests and the investigation remains ongoing.”


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  1. Mr. Bottcher is spot-on. Mayor Adams must take a leaf from Mayor Bloomberg’s book to stop the flow of guns. Mayor Mike was on it….Virginia tried to sue NYC because he banned their guns coming in.

    1. Focusing on legal gun supply is a complete waste of time and energy & a diversion from the real problem which is violent criminals have no fear of the repercussions of violent crimes because their aren’t any . The Defund the police movement ($1bn removed from the budget) , no cash bail and Raise the Age Programs allows criminals and gangs to operate with impunity . Gang membership and activity is growing exponentially . Illegal gun dealers can only be neutralized via undercover sting operations & with the defunded budget these barely exist in NYC & the criminals know it . Lastly putting uniforms on an undercover gun unit is maybe the stupidest & ineffective move in the history of law enforcement . Unfortunately things will get a lot worse not better unless our useless policy makers are removed from their positions . Criminals are actually quite smart .

      1. I chuckle when people claim the budget was reduced by $1b (lol).

        Yes, there were calls for a $1 billion cut. City funding for the NYPD was projected to decline by $282 million from $10.5 billion to $10.2 billion between 2020 and 2021. The operating budget will decrease by $345 million, or 6.6 percent, from $5.2 billion in fiscal year 2020 to $4.9 billion in fiscal year 2021.

        Ironically enough though, overtime pay in 2021 was $474 Million. That’s 77%.

        The point here is that the NYPD’s policing has been LAZY. They’re acting like petulant children and causing this madness. Don’t worry though, Joe! They’re getting more funding than they did before! Good thing you’re not a PoC otherwise you’d understand why that’s a problem!

  2. Joe is right on.
    When you are weak on treating criminals with the punishment they deserve-you get more of it. It’s quite simple.
    If that isn’t obvious to all-then you need new glasses.

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