Gunman On The Loose After West Village Shooting

NEW YORK (CBS 2 /WCBS 880/1010 WINS) –- Police are searching for a gunman who opened fire inside a diner in the West Village.

The Good Stuff Diner, a popular area haunt that caters to dressed up, late-night clubgoers, was the scene of a deadly shooting Saturday morning, reports CBS 2’s Derricke Dennis.

Police were called just before 5 a.m. after an argument between two groups of men erupted in gunfire. A man in his 30s was shot multiple times in the head and back, and was pronounced dead.

Diner employees said they heard 4-6 shots ring out from the back of the restaurant, 1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg reported.

“That’s really scary,” West Village resident Monet Cruz said. “I’m scared about violence.”

A man who works at the 7-Eleven next door, said a woman ran in the store and said ‘call the police, someone has been shot.’

“Then I looked outside and I see the crowds moving out, so I thought something happened and then I dialed 911,” he told WCBS 880’s Monica Miller.

Neighbors and regular customers of the diner blame a growing nightclub party scene near the West 14th Street diner, located just blocks from Chelsea and the Meatpacking District.

The diner gets its share of late-night, post-party patrons, many of whom may have had too much to drink.

“It’s only a matter of time because the kids come from the clubs,” one diner patron told Sandberg.

“I mean, this is a really hot, happening area near the Meatpacking District with a lot of people around, coming from a lot of the outer areas too,” one customer said.

A help for police is that there were several witnesses inside the restaurant and just outside. Still, the shooting has surprised many neighborhood residents.

“This is a quiet, safe area; things like this really don’t happen here,” neighbor Steve Shifren said.

Customers say it’s a safe diner that’s won awards for its food and service. The owner refused to talk about the shooting, though it was business-as-usual at the diner by the afternoon.

“It’s bringing, you know, a different element,” one customer said. “This is usually a quiet residential area.”

That usual quiet was shattered by early morning gunfire.

At this point, police have not released the name of the victim, and no arrests have been made.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Monica Miller reports
LISTEN: 1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg reports

Olivio, a diner patron, blamed the late-night, rowdy crowd that comes to the establishment after a night of partying and drinking.

“It’s only a matter of time because the kids come from the clubs,” he told Sandberg.

EMS responded and pronounced the victim dead at the scene.

There are no arrests at this time and the investigation is ongoing.

  • Eddie Lynch

    Have to agree with the others,the old WINS site was far far better than what they’ve turned it into.It was a nice way to bring NY to my part of the world.It was my home page but about to change it right now

  • David Shifren

    FYI – my name is David Shifren, not Steve Shifren…

  • nathan

    Agree the old site was much better. I miss it and am trying NY1 now as my first choice.

  • Proud Agnostic


  • HUGO

    Stay away from diners in the West Village or Chelsea after 4 a.m. on weekends. The only people you will encounter at that time is human trash. Yankees rule!

  • Michael

    Even though I hate Yankees fans and all they stand for, I have to agree with Depressed Yankee Fan – the 1010 WINS site was the best and this one stinks.

  • A.Bosch

    Home page – sorry typo

  • A.Bosch

    DYF is right, the old 1010wins site was MUCH better. I will look for a new hone page now

  • Depressed Yankee Fan

    BC is right on even though his comments, and mine, have nothing to do with the article. The 101WINS web site was MUCH better than when they merged it with the 880 CBS site. This site is TERRIBLE actually. I am just about going to switch to a different NYC news site as this does notwork for me any more.

  • stupid people

    Were these bar hopping patrons too trashed to foot the bill or just did not want to act civilized for a rare occurance?

  • tim

    Thank you BC, Ive noticed that too. Whats up with that. Don’t they want people to write a book and go into detail?

  • nathan

    A guy is shot all the way in the back of a diner and we have no witnesses?

  • BC

    I was writing a response here, but this site sucks now. If you take too long writing a response, the page refreshes and you lose everything you just typed. Great going, CBS!!! The quality of your site matches the quality of your reporting! Do you people not FACT-CHECK anymore? Or do you think that 1) spell check will catch everything; 2) you’re the news source, so you are not to be questioned; and 3) we’re too stupid to care? REAL journalists check their facts before they release a story. They don’t rush something out there just to be the first one to have the story reported. It makes you look like a fool, and you’re the first one out there with INACCURATE information.

  • Ramz

    West Village uh huh. Flawed reporting.

    • Suzanne Laurier

      So right on for Ramz. On the early news today, the news reader kept saying Chelsea. Since when any part of 14th Street became part of Chelsea? So the producers or news writers wrote Chelsea, does the reader have to repeat? They work in NYC and thy don’t even know west from east or north from south.

      No wonder so many people are getting their news from bloggers on the net. They do a much more credible job.

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