Cops Corral Gunslingers At Neighborhood Saloon
By Charles Rogers
It could have been a scene from a "B" movie Western last weekend, as two men wrestled on the floor of a neighborhood saloon, trying vainly to get hold of a gun that had fallen there while they fought.
The movie would have shown horses hitched outside the saloon in the middle of town - on Avenue L, it turned out. No one can know what might have happened if it hadn't been for a couple of lawmen from the local sheriff's office who came to calm things down.
The lawmen, of course, were police patrol and Anti Crime Unit officers from the 69th Precinct, who said they'd been called to the Ambiance Caribbean Restaurant & Bar at 9413 Avenue L when neighbors of the "saloon" said they heard a few gunshots going off at about 2:30 a.m. last Sunday.
Just like the movies, when the officers arrived, they approached the building, not pulling out their guns, but cautiously fingering their belts as they entered the long lobby area to see the two men struggling among overturned tables and chairs to get hold of the single firearm.
One officer walked to the gun and pushed it aside with his foot, while the other grabbed the two men by the collar and pulled them apart. They suspects' names and addresses were not released by police and both were arrested at the scene.
One, a 28-year-old, was charged with felony reckless endangerment and the other, a 30-year-old, was charged with felony criminal possession of a weapon.