NEW YORK (AP) — A man who had been thrown out of a Manhattan nightclub returned with a gun and fired into a crowd outside it early Monday, killing one woman and injuring two others, police said.
Investigators don't believe the women were targeted in the gunfire around closing time outside Motivo, an 8,000-square-foot, two-level dance club in the Flatiron District. Police were looking for a suspect.
After arguing with another patron, a man was booted out and told bouncers he'd come back with a gun, police said. A short time later, he returned and pulled out a handgun as he approached, shooting at people assembled outside the entrance, according to police.
Walikque Faussett, 24, died after being shot in the back. Two other victims — a 30-year-old woman who was shot in the shoulder and a 25-year-old woman who was hit in the hip and foot — were hospitalized in serious but stable condition.
The gunman fled in a dark-colored BMW, police said.
Motivo's managers didn't immediately respond to an email message, and their office phone wasn't accepting messages. Messages left at possible phone numbers for Faussett's family weren't immediately returned.
The club is in a trendy area where a nightlife scene has sprouted amid office buildings and pricey apartments. Motivo is generally open Fridays and Saturdays, but it was open to the public for a special party Sunday night, according to its website.