2 Men Dead After Police-Involved Shooting In East Village

Marla Diamond
January 09, 2020 - 9:11 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Two men are dead following a police-involved shooting after an argument inside a hookah lounge turned violent in Manhattan early Thursday morning. 

The shooting occurred around 3:30 a.m. when police say an argument between the two armed men inside the hookah lounge on Avenue A and East 7th Street spilled onto the sidewalk. 

Two officers nearby on foot patrol inside Tompkins Square Park heard the gunshots and ran to the scene where they saw one of the men shooting at the other, according to Chief of Department Terence Monahan. 

The officers shot at the gunman approximately three times after failed attempts to get him on the ground, Monahan said at a press conference.

"The two officers engaged the armed suspect and gave numerous commands for him to get on the ground," Monahan said. "It was then the officers fired approximately three times at the male, striking him. The suspect was pronounced deceased at Bellevue Hospital."

The other man was also fatally shot.

"He was not shot by our officers," Monahan said.

Authorities recovered two .22-caliber handguns at the scene.

Monahan says the suspect shot by police was on parole after serving eight years in prison for a prior shooting.

According to officials, there were no officers wounded in the gunfire but were taken to a hospital to be treated for ringing in the ears.

Both officers were wearing their body cameras and the footage is being reviewed.

Police shut down several blocks of Avenue A as an investigation continued.