NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A Brooklyn man was shot and killed outside a popular hotel and club in Chelsea early Thursday morning.

A crowd of partygoers and hotel guests watched police gather evidence outside the Dream Hotel and a row of clubs on West 16th Street near 9th Avenue, CBS2’s Natalie Duddridge reported.

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“We didn’t hear any shots because we were inside and there was a lot of music. We came out and there was a bunch of people and we saw the tape and everything,” one woman said. “It was kind of scary.”

Police said the 25-year-old was shot during a dispute that turned violent shortly after midnight.

A bullet hit him in the stomach, police said. He was rushed to the hospital, where he died.

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“There’s just too much violence going on in the city now. A reminder of the old days. We have to increase security in the city. It’s sad, it’s scary,” one man said.

“I think that people get into risky behavior when there’s warm weather,” another woman said.

“People have been home for too long. So some people come out and act a fool,” said Nathaniel Taylor, of Brooklyn. “I pray all is well for the man that passed away, I pray he’s in heaven, I pray the family is healing.”

Police are still reviewing surveillance video and searching for the suspect. They said the suspect took off in a white SUV.

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Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit a tip via their website or on Twitter, @NYPDTips. All calls are kept confidential.

Natalie Duddridge