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Possible ‘Street Fight’ Disrupts Lower East Side Crime-Fighting Event - The Local East Village Blog - NYTimes.com


Possible ‘Street Fight’ Disrupts Lower East Side Crime-Fighting Event


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NNOLaura Lee While the 7th Precinct’s National Night Out was disrupted, the 9th Precinct’s event (above) went off without incident.

On the Lower East Side last night, a man allegedly armed with a gun ran past crowds and momentarily disrupted the 7th Precinct’s 28th Annual National Night Out, a community event aimed at reducing crime by bringing police and neighbors together.

Less than ten minutes into Deputy Inspector Nancy Barry’s opening speech, screams were heard on Attorney Street – around fifteen feet away from where she was speaking. Moments after, people began fleeing past Barry’s stage. The speech broke abruptly.

“He had a gun,” said a witness who was standing between Attorney and Stanton Streets when the commotion erupted.

Another witness said it was a “street fight.”

Soon after screams were heard, police surrounding Barry’s stage rushed towards the site. A man was seen running past spectators, with three other men chasing after. Two officers detained an unidentified shirtless man, who was held against a wall and patted down.

Police at the site declined to comment.

A police spokesman declined to comment, and told The Local to follow up in one hour.

Update | 7:34 p.m. A police spokesman says that no gun was involved, however seven suspects were arrested for allegedly assaulting a 24-year-old man. The Local East Village has video footage from the scene.