IHOP Shooting

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Police Say Bloods Are Responsible For IHOP Fight, 3 Other Shootings

March 07, 2019 - 5:32 pm

CORAM, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — Police say the Bloods street gang is responsible for the recent shooting at an IHOP on Long Island along with three other shootings nearby.

 As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reports, there are about 700 members of the Bloods in Suffolk County and groups within the gang are currently at war with one another.

According to Suffolk County Chief of Detectives Gerard Gigante, it was a quarrel among rival gang members that sparked the shooting inside the Lake Ronkonkoma IHOP earlier this week.

But, police say the members may also be responsible for three additional shootings in Coram, in which three men were shot.

“The Bloods are a national organization with different offshoots and sets. So, there’s different sets on Long Island and, you know, it’s not uncommon for different sets of the same gang to have a dispute,” Gigante said.

He adds that the different sets inside the gang fight over a number of items.

“Sometimes gang disputes, especially intergang disputers, occur over minor things. Sometimes they occur over a social relationship, sometimes there over drugs, over money, sometimes it’s over disrespect,” the police chief said.

Police have not yet determined the cause of the last weeks shooting inside the restaurant.