LOWER EAST SIDE – Police are looking for a man they say shot four people during a brawl on Sunday morning.
An argument escalated in front of 135 Ridge St. at around 6 a.m., resulting in participants beating each other and one man pulling out a gun and shooting at four people, police said.
The suspect, identified as 42-year-old Miguel Maldonado, allegedly pulled out a gun during the mayhem and fired between five and six rounds of ammunition, striking three men, ages 25, 34 and 23, police said.
A fourth man escaped unscathed despite being shot through his right pants pocket, police said. He said the suspect fired at him multiple times but only managed to hit his wallet inside his right pocket, according to authorities.
The 25-year-old and 34-year-old victims were both shot in the left leg after being fired at multiple times, according to authorities, while the 23-year-old victim was hit once in the right leg and once in the abdomen.
The gunshot victims, whose injuries were not life threatening, were taken to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition, police said.
In addition, two men, aged 32 and 42, were kicked and punched during the brawl leading up to the shooting, which first broke out around 2:10 a.m., sustaining bloody noses and swollen lips, while one woman, 26, was punched and scratched, police said.
Police were unable to speak to the cause of the argument that started the violence.
Maldonado is wanted for assault in the first degree. Police at the 7th Precinct released a photo of the suspect Monday morning via Twitter.