This summer heat is leading to far too much gunplay. Last night (July 25th), a shooting at the Entertainer’s Basketball Classic in Harlem’s Rucker Park left five people injured. The gunshots rang off at Holcombe Rucker Park court on Frederick Douglass Blvd near 155th St. (across from the infamous Polo Grounds housing projects) after an argument during a game, reports the New York Daily News.
“They started arguing, about a bad call or something like that,” said Rodney Harris, 47. “The guy was standing no more than five feet away from me. He pulled a gun out of his pocket and shot once. He then shot one more time. Everyone started running.”
“He was real close to me,” Harris said. “I thought I got shot.”
NBA player Nate Robinson was in the park but was unharmed. Last summer, while in the mist of the NBA lockout, Kevin Durant played in the tournament and dropped 66 points in one game while more recently, Nas paid the yearly tournament a visit. As for yesterday’s incident, the gunman remains at large and considering the amount of people that attend the games, things could have been much worse.
“He was watching the game,” Harris said. “After the shooting, he was okay. He wasn’t hurt…he left like everyone else.”
The five shooting victims were taken to area hospitals and all expected to survive, police said. One other person also was injured in the incident.
The shooter started running amongst the crowd but then walked calmly across the street toward the Fine Fare supermarket and fired a few more rounds, Harris said.
“Then he just walked away. He didn’t even run. My friend, a basketball player, got shot in the ankle,” he said. “It could have been worse.”
Abdul Sam, 25, who works at a nearby deli, also heard the gunshots and commotion.
“I heard about four shots. Everyone started running,” Sam said. “This summer is crazy.”
Five people shot over a bad call? Seriously, what do you think can be done to stop all this senseless gun violence?
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