NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The search was on Monday, for a gunman who shot three women outside of a Manhattan nightclub.
One woman was killed, and two other people were injured, in a shooting outside a nightclub in the Flatiron District early Monday.READ MORE: On Eve Of Early Voting, Top Contenders For NYC Mayor Skirmish Over Crime And If Police Should Carry Guns
The shooting happened around 4 a.m. Monday outside the Motivo club, at 915 Broadway at 21st Street.
The gunman was kicked out of the nightclub after getting into a quarrel with another man and was overheard saying he would return with a gun, police said. He came back later and began shooting and then fled in a car, cops said. He was still at large late Monday.
“The guy who started the fight, he was outside,” a man who works next door to the club told WCBS 880’s Sean Adams. “The other guy was inside because the other guy didn’t want to fight. But the one that was outside, he tried to get inside the club again, but the security did not let him go inside.”
Police said the shooter was aiming for the bouncers, but hit the three women instead, CBS2’s Ilana Gold reported.
“I heard about six or seven loud … what seemed to be gunshots at the time,” a witness told Gold. “You could hear the yelling and screaming, but I was kind of hoping it was a fight for a minute, then reality kind of hit you and see people on the ground. It was kind of mayhem.”
One of the women – Walikque Faussett, 24, of the Bronx, was wounded in the back and died at an area hospital.
“We’re broken. I lost my oldest sister; my mom’s first born,” said her brother, Prince Faussett. “I don’t know what to say anymore. I don’t know what to do. I’m thoughtless.”
Faussett’s grieving mother told CBS2’s Valerie Castro that she wants the man responsible for her death to turn himself in to police.
“Just come forward, just come, give yourself up, admit what you did,” Wendi Rodriguez said.
As CBS2’s Matt Kozar reported, Prince Faussett said his sister, who had a 3-year-old son, was out celebrating her birthday with friends at Motivo when the shooting happened.
“It was a female laying on the floor, and that’s all I saw,” said witness Patricia Reyes. “All I saw (is) she wasn’t moving, anything.”
Witnesses said they tried to help until paramedics arrived.
“There were a lot of people actually trying to resuscitate one of the females,” said witness Ashley Valle.
Faussett’s friend, Lauren Renee Rondat, 25, was shot and wounded in the foot and hip. Her condition was reported as stable late Monday at Bellevue Hospital Center.
Deborah Raji, 30, was shot in the shoulder, and was also expected to recover. She was also taken to Bellevue.READ MORE: MTA Bus Removed From Brooklyn Brownstone 4 Days After Crash; Many Feared Building Would Collapse
Cellphone video showed paramedics rushing two of the victims to an ambulance following the shooting.
A worker at Motivo said he saw everything. “The three ladies, they had nothing to do with what happened, with the fight,” he said.
The worker also said he called 911 when he saw the shooter take off in a black BMW seconds later.
The women were waiting for a taxi on the sidewalk, Adams reported.
“It could have been anybody, like that could’ve been me, my friends,” Reyes said.
As far as the shooter was concerned, Prince Faussett said, “I just hope he just gets what he deserves, either by going to jail or God is going to punish him.”
The shooter was described as a black man in his 20s who was wearing a red and black hooded sweat shirt. He fled the scene in a dark-colored BMW.
Police believe the shooter had been at the club many times before, 1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck reported.
Faussett’s mother hopes it’s only a matter of time before he’s behind bars.
“I’m so angry. He’s at home, wherever the hell he’s at and Walikque is not here,” she said.
Walikque Faussett’s neighbors were shocked at her death.
“That’s so sad,” said neighbor Heather Concepceon. “She’s such a good girl.”
Prince Faussett said his sister recently got her own apartment and a new car. She worked as a sales associate at the Bloomingdale’s in White Plains.
“She was always there for us — always,” he said.
Police late Monday were still searching for the gunman, who they said is a member of Bronx gang. He has a long rap sheet that includes arrests for assault and robbery, police said.MORE NEWS: Queens Street Renamed In Honor Of Beloved Community Member, Hospital Worker Who Died From COVID-19
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