BAY RIDGE, Brooklyn — Four men were shot inside of a deli in Brooklyn early Saturday morning.
The shots were fired around 4 a.m. outside M & S Mini Market, located at 73rd Street and Third Avenue in Bay Ridge.
An argument may have started across the street inside the bar Catch 22, then turned violent outside, police said.
“I’m so terrified, what happened I didn’t expect it. It’s unbelievable,” said Mo Hassan, manager of the 24-hour deli.
Hassan was working the register when he said he heard six to seven shots.
“I’m doing my job, heard shooting, laid down on the ground, called 911,” said Hassan.
Hassan said he didn’t see anyone, but he heard someone call to him. It was his part-time clerk who was shot in the ankle by the store’s front door.
“He’s calling me when I’m behind the counter. He’s calling me ‘I got shot.’”
Hassan yelled to his wounded worker to crawl to the back, and join him behind the counter, which he managed to do.
Three other men were also injured by the gunfire, including one who was shot in the back. The victims, ranging in age from 28 to 46, were being treated at Lutheran Medical Center. Their injuries are considered non-life-threatening.
Many who live in the area say the bar Catch 22 is a trouble spot in an otherwise peaceful neighborhood.
“Typically there are arguments—people running around here, around there,” said Ernesto Vazquez, who lives near the scene of the shooting.
Police are looking for three suspects who ran north on Third Avenue.
Investigators will be taking a close look at the surveillance video obtained from the deli.