Woman killed, shooter at large after gunfire erupts outside Queens club

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ELMHURST (PIX11) -- Police are investigating a shooting that killed a woman and  injured two others in Elmhurst Friday morning.

The incident happened near Queens Boulevard and Barnwell Avenue.

The shooting apparently stemmed from a dispute that occurred at Club Hive, located at 79-21 Queens Blvd., police said. It happened shortly after 4 a.m.

"Everything was going well until the very end," said Julio Salazar, a worker at Club Hive.

Officers already were on the scene trying to break up a disorderly group inside the club, police said. While officers were escorting people outside, someone opened fire.

Gunfire struck a 20-year-old woman in the neck and leg. She was rushed to a hospital and pronounced dead, police said.

The barrage of bullets sent two other people to the hospital, but they are expected to live. "Unfortunately you see this random violence, gun violence, occur from time to time. It's certainly not what it used to be. It's very troublesome when you see this kind thing happening," said Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.

The club itself is barely two months old.

It was hosting an event Thursday night featuring a handful of DJs. DJ Envy was scheduled to perform, however he did not according to a member of his team. The DJ's associate told PIX11 News that the promoters were not very professional and that they came off as inexperienced. Phone calls and messages to the promoters were not returned.

"There was a lot of people there. A lot was going on. A lot of commotion," said Salazar.

Salazar witnessed the fight erupt in the packed club prior to the shooting. "A lot of running around. A lot of bottles flying." He also added that the club did have security on the premises.

NYPD Detectives told PIX11 News that security was having the club's clientele subject themselves to electronic security screenings with body wands. However, the detective added that it was poorly done.

The victims have not yet been identified, and police said they do not yet have a description of whoever pulled the trigger.

No arrests have been made.

Meanwhile, as the search for the the person who pulled the fatal trigger continues, an Instagram account attributed to one of the performers, DJ Sparkx, had the following message posted Friday:  "While you're taking your next breath someone is taking their last. Everything can be over in 1 second."




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