NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Queens strip club where New York Knicks forward Cleanthony Early was before getting shot in an apparent holdup was hit by a Molotov cocktail early Thursday morning.
Police said the suspect or suspects threw the Molotov cocktail at the CityScapes Gentleman’s Club on 58th Street in Maspeth at around 5:30 a.m. Thursday.READ MORE: Authorities Announce Major Gang Crackdown In Queens, With 28 Arrests
Early was attacked after leaving CityScapes at around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday. A group of men stole his gold chains and gold caps on his teeth, before shooting the basketball player in the knee, investigators said.
Police investigating the latest incident told WCBS 880’s Mike Xirinachs they have no reason to believe the incidents are connected.
One club-goer said the crimes occurred too close together to just be coincidental.READ MORE: Officials Call On Residents To Get Vaccine In Far Rockaways And Edgemere, Zip Code With Lowest Vaccination Rate In NYC
“It’s probably payback,” he said. “Two incidents, and it’s only been 24 hours?”
Damage from the arson attack is minimal, with the club suffering mostly from smoke damage on the outside of the location, Xirinachs reported.
Police said no one was injured in the attack.MORE NEWS: Officials: Long Beach Island Teen Nights Behind COVID Cluster Of At Least 11 Cases
The investigation is ongoing.