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Tom Coughlin: ‘Thank God’ Cruz, Giants Safe After Supper Club Shooting

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NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — One man was shot dead and two other people were injured at a trendy nightspot where Giants receiver Victor Cruz was celebrating his birthday with teammates.

Police say the shooting broke out around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday inside the Juliet Supper Club in Manhattan.

Cruz’s agent, Jack Huntington, told the New York Daily News that the wide receiver was in the crowd but escaped injury.

“The only one I heard about initially was Victor, and thank God he was safe,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said on Wednesday. “I would speak to him as a parent would speak to their son. What happens good at 2:30, 3 in the morning, I’ve never been able to figure that one out. Beyond that is between he and I.”

Aaron Ross, Hakeem Nicks, Antrel Rolle and Chris Canty were reportedly also at the club. Nicks’ agent, however, has denied his client was in attendance.

According to the Daily News, the gunman fired the shots during an altercation on the dance floor.

“There was a melee that was going on,” Cruz told the Bergen Record. “So we kind of just waited. We sat under the table and waited for the melee to calm down before we left. Then we got out of there as soon as we could. We didn’t know if we were going to get caught in a stampede.”

Forty-three-year-old Artis Arthur was shot twice and killed. Police say a 28-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman were shot and injured but in stable condition.

Police were still searching for the suspected gunman on Wednesday.

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