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New York Knicks forward Cleanthony Early shot after leaving Queens strip club

MASPETH, Queens – A Knicks player was held up at gunpoint and shot early Wednesday in Queens after he left a strip club, officials said.

It happened about 4:40 a.m. outside 64-70 Maurice Ave., according to NYPD.

Knicks small forward Cleanthony Early, 24, was shot in his right leg while traveling in an Uber, detectives at the scene told PIX11 News.

The scene in Maspeth, Queens, on Dec. 30, 2015, after a New York Knicks player was shot during a robbery. Picture in inset is the victim Cleanathony Early, 24. (Photo: Bill Muller, PIX11 News)

The scene in Maspeth, Queens, on Dec. 30, 2015, after a New York Knicks player was shot during a robbery. Picture in inset is the victim Cleanathony Early, 24. (Photo: Bill Muller, PIX11 News)

Police said Early was in the requested car when a group of men in another car cut him off, confronted him at gunpoint and snatched gold chains from him, police said. He was with a woman, who was not hurt in the attack, police said.

Early was taken to a hospital in unknown condition and was undergoing surgery.

No arrests have been made. Police said an initial investigation suggests as many as two to three vehicles surrounded Early's car and they are looking for as many as four to six culprits involved.

In a statement, the Knicks said Early's injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.

"We are aware of what occurred with Cleanthony Early this morning and are relieved that he is not in a life-threatening situation. We will not comment any further until we receive more information," a spokesman said.

A small forward and Bronx native, Early joined the Knicks last year as a second-round draft pick.

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