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Four Men Shot in Hudson Square's SOB's Nightclub, Cops Say

 Four men were shot inside Hudson Square's SOB's nightclub after a dispute, cops said.
Four men were shot inside Hudson Square's SOB's nightclub after a dispute, cops said.
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HUDSON SQUARE — Four men were wounded when a gunman opened fire inside a Downtown nightclub early Thursday, police said.

Pandemonium broke out when rapper Fat Trel was about to begin a mixed-tape release show at 11:45 p.m. inside S.O.B.'s, at 204 Varick St., and a crowd rushed the stage, sources said.

"It was crazy," said clubgoer Aqua James, 23.

The chaos was cut by gunshots that hit the legs of four men, between the ages of 26 and 33, sources said. One man was hit three times.

"I heard one gun shot, then there was a pause. Everyone was like, 'Wait, was that a gun?' Then 10 to 12 seconds later, you heard two or three more. Everybody ran out of their shoes. People were screaming."

The victims were rushed to Bellevue and Beth Israel hospitals, where they were expected to recover, police said.

It was not immediately clear what sparked the shooting.

Fat Trel and his manager escaped the gunfire unscathed, sources said.

"THE INSIDE OF MY SHOW JUS GOT SHUT UP IN NYC!!!! #KKKRRAAAZZYYYY," the rapper tweeted about 30 minutes after the shooting.

"[Fat Trel] wasn't involved. It's an unfortunate situation. We send our prayers to anyone who was hurt," said Debo, a spokesman for Fat Trel said in a brief phone interview.

He said that the rapper knew two of the victims.

"They were definitely innocent bystanders," he said. "Anyone could get hit when you start shooting in a crowded club."

Thursday morning's shooting came just days after another man was shot in the stomach inside Midtown's LQ.

He was treated at Bellevue and was expected to recover.

The shooter in both incidents remained at large Thursday morning, a police spokeswoman said.

S.O.B.'s, which stands for Sounds of Brazil, was considered a quiet, well run place, a community leader said.

"We've never had any complaints over there," Community Board 2 manager Bob Gormley said.

Online 311 records showed no history of complaints regarding the club.

An employee said that the venue would remain closed Thursday night, canceling DJSpyinfo's show.