Molotov cocktail tossed through window of Queens strip club visited by Knicks’ Cleanthony Early before shooting

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

MASPETH, Queens – The search is on Thursday for whomever threw a Molotov cocktail through the window of a strip club in Queens, the same club visited by a New York Knicks player before he was robbed at gunpoint and shot in the knee.

Police said a mystery attacker threw the fiery device into CityScapes Gentlemen’s Club, located on 58th Street in Maspeth, Queens.

The blaze was extinguished by fire crews and no one was hurt, police said.

Arson investigators are on their way to the scene and an investigation is underway.

View this post on Instagram

Everything I Go Through Grows Me & a simple celebration of a friends birthday easily turned into a day that will change my life forever but for the Better. Continue to count your blessings regardless, I know I will, because I got shot but ironically I dodge a bullet. It could of been way worse and I'm thankful and grateful it wasn't, but I know I'll be back better and smarter then ever, it's what I do. & This is a lesson learned for me and to you all as well, be safe out there, theirs people out here that want to hurt you just to hurt you, jealousy, envy, greed & hate are infecting a lot of people now a days, it's the sad truth about life but don't let them catch you slipping, & don't let them steal your Joy! We / I could think about what I could of/should of/ or what you would of done differently to prevent the situation from happening & I'll forever maneuver differently in the future but truth be told is, it is what it is. there's a saying that you learn a lot more from failures then success and I've had my fair share of both but this is just another reinforcer that I'm still not where I need to be, even tho I'm in an ok space in life. " good, better best, don't let it rest, till good is better and better is best", & I'm not perfect, but I'm alive, learning & unlearning and God got me so I'm going to be great;)! There was No major damage done Thank God, but this is one hell of an experience to recover from. So with that being said Thank you all for your Thoughts and Prayers, I appreciate you all! Shout out to you beautiful souls for caring and sending all the love, it overpowers all hate everyday😁. God works in Mysterious ways but this is a Minor set back for a Major come back! #HungrierAndHumbler #ChangeIsTheOnlyConstant #ChangeForTheBetter #differenttypeofpeopleoutthere #LoveisLove #HateisHate #ImGood #GodSpeedRecovery #Goals #BeIngABetterSmarterMe #WhatMotivatesYou #CantEvenBeUpsetBecauseIfTheyWantedMyLifeTheyHadIt

A post shared by Cle'anthony Early (@cleanthonyearly11_) on

CityScapes is the same strip club where, the night before, Knicks small forward Cleanthony Early visited before he was held up by armed thieves.

Early left the club about 4 a.m. Wednesday and was driving away in an Uber when a group of attackers cut off the car then surrounded the vehicle, pulled out a weapon and demanded jewelry from the 24-year-old athlete. Early was shot in the knee during the exchange and rushed to the hospital where he underwent surgery. His injuries are not life-threatening.

Wednesday afternoon, Early tweeted a grateful message to his supporters.

“Thank you for all your Thoughts and Prayer I appreciate you all! Shout out to you beautiful souls for caring, God works in Mysterious way!” he wrote.

For a basketball player, a knee injury can mean the end of a career.

Early gave thanks Thursday, posting a photo of himself in a hospital bed with the message, "Continue to count your blessings regardless, I know I will, because I got shot but ironically I dodge a bullet.  It could of been way worse and I'm thankful and grateful it wasn't."

Cleanthony thumb

AlertMe
Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.