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Man Dies After Shooting at Celebrity Club in Chelsea

By Mathew Katz | November 15, 2011 10:51am | Updated on November 15, 2011 5:46pm
Police investigate a shooting at the Juliet Supperclub at 539. W. 21st St. on Nov. 15, 2011.
Police investigate a shooting at the Juliet Supperclub at 539. W. 21st St. on Nov. 15, 2011.
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CHELSEA — Two men were shot early Monday morning inside the same upscale Chelsea club that was the scene of a stabbing death in September, police said. One is dead, and the other is recovering in hospital, cops said.

According to police, the shooting took place inside the Juliet Supperclub at 539 W. 21st St. at about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Police said the murdered victim was a 43-year-old man, who was shot twice in the torso and once in the back. He was pronounced dead on arrival at Bellevue hospital at 3:04 a.m.

The other victim was a 28-year-old man who was shot three times and is in stable condition at at Bellevue Hospital, cops said.

Both men had numerous prior convictions for charges including robberies, criminal possesion of a weapon, and drug sales, according to cops.

Twitter user @sexccladii claimed she was also shot in the leg at the club, and said there was a total of five victims who were shot.

"How [could] someone get in with a big gun in an elite club ?," she tweeted.

The same woman later tweeted a graphic image from hospital of what appeared to be a gunshot wound to her leg. A spokeswoman for the club claimed the woman was not shot, but was cut by glass trying to exit the building.

According to several event listing sites, the club regularly hosts "Just Chill Mondays," featuring a DJ and no cover. The event is promoted by club promoter 'CrisA.C.'

This isn't the first time the club, known for its celebrity customers including NBA star Lebron James, has been involved in a murder.

In September, Christopher Adames, 23, of Morningside Heights, was found stabbed multiple times in the torso outside of the club after a night of partying at the club. He was pronounced dead after arriving in Bellevue hospital. Authorties have charged Manuel Pinero, a promoter associated with the club, in that murder.

A spokeswoman for the club said on Tuesday that it had since implemented mandatory bag checks and coat check, and that all customers were inspected by security guards as they entered. She also said the club would not be reopening for business on Tuesday night.

Police said they could not immediately name a suspect in Monday's shooting, and the investigation is ongoing.