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Ruckus Over Inwood Parking Space Leads to Gunfire, Cops and Witnesses Say

By Nigel Chiwaya | August 27, 2013 7:07am
 No one was hurt by the gunfire Sunday night on Post Avenue, police said.
No one was hurt by the gunfire Sunday night on Post Avenue, police said.
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INWOOD — A building super who took a woman's parking spot Sunday night said the woman became so angry she rounded up a gun-toting entourage that followed him home and opened fire during the escalating spat.

Bacilides Gomez, 61, said he was searching for a parking spot at 8 p.m. Sunday when he spotted a space in front of 128 Post Ave., near his home.

As he pulled into the spot, he said a woman leapt from her car and began screaming that she'd been waiting forever for the same space.

"She was double-parked," Gomez, who has been a superintendent at his building for 12 years, told DNAinfo New York on Monday. "I was waiting for parking. When I took the spot she got mad."

Gomez said he offered the woman the parking space, but that she continued shouting and was soon joined by a male friend who also began threatening him.

Eventually, the woman went to her car and pulled out a baseball bat. The fight escalated until two of Gomez's sons — one of whom is a police officer — came to see what the ruckus was about, he said.

Gomez's son, Gearsys Gomez, 31, said he could hear the shouting and came outside with his cop brother.

"I had to defend my father," Gearsys Gomez said.

The trio thought that they had put an end to the confrontation when the couple drove away but, an hour later, the woman returned to the block with a minivan full of friends in tow.

"They came back ready to go," said Gearsys Gomez, who said he and his brother rushed outside again to protect their dad.

Bacilides Gomez said he immediately called 911, and said his son identified himself as a police officer to the crowd. Although several of the people began to back off, other members kept coming until Gomez's brother and community members tried to restrain them on the ground, he said.

At that point, one of the members of the woman's crew fired two shots into the air, Gearsys Gomez said.

"It was a heavy weapon, .45 caliber," Gearsys Gomez said.

Police sources confirmed that officers responded to the scene Sunday night after shots were fired. They said no one was hurt, but that they arrested the gunman. They did not immediately release his name.

One day later, Bacilides and Gearsys Gomez were still reeling from the incident.

"All of that for a parking space," Gearsys Gomez said. "Isn't that crazy?"