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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.
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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