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Man, 27, sitting in Bentley shot multiple times in drive-by shooting in Manhattan

May 23, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Man, 27, sitting in Bentley shot multiple times in drive-by shooting in Manhattan Cops investigate the scene on Seventh Ave. near W. 17th St. (THEODORE PARISIENNE/FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

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Authorities are investigating a drive-by shooting in Manhattan’s Chelsea area early Sunday, police said.

The victim was shot in the back and shoulder as he sat inside a red Bentley, when an armed suspect opened fire from a passing car outside Cafeteria, a well known 24-hour restaurant on Seventh Ave, near W. 17th St, just a few blocks from the “meat packing district” around 6 a.m., according to police.

“I heard five shots, like ‘Boom! Boom! Boom! Boom! Boom!” said David Thomas, 57, who said he’s lived in the area for 27 years.

“I said, ‘Oh, no.’ I looked out the window and saw people getting in their cars and running.”

The victim was rushed to Bellevue Hospital by emergency responders where he was listed in stable condition, the Daily News reported.

The attack outside the restaurant didn’t surprise Thomas, “I’ve always had problems with Cafeteria. They get a lot of riff-raff,” he said.

 The victim was taken to a hospital after being shot while sitting in a red Bentley outside of a restaurant in Chelsea. Bullet holes can be seen in the car's window. (THEODORE PARISIENNE/FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

The victim was taken to a hospital after being shot while sitting in a red Bentley outside of a restaurant in Chelsea. Bullet holes can be seen in the car’s window. (THEODORE PARISIENNE/FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

The overnight manager admitted that the restaurant can at times get a little wild, but maintained the establishment was a “safe space for everybody.” She added that the victim is a regular patron who has never had a problem before.

“The man in the Bentley is here from time to time, is kind of a regular customer. He’s a nice person and kind of low key. Never any large groups, never any fuss,” she said.

The shooting left many neighborhood residents unnerved

“I think this is utterly shocking that this happens in America,” said area resident Glena Marshall, 59. “I am an NRA member and believe in guns, but this is appalling.”

Police said the shooting suspect remained at large and are currently searching for a grey Mercedes-Benz M-class SUV.

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