2008-11-27 / Front Page

TWO MEN SHOT ON FLATLANDS

By Neil S. Friedman

Sixty-ninth Precinct detectives and officers stand outside Flatlands Avenue McDonald's restaurant shortly after two men were shot in the parking lot on November 19.    Neil S. FriedmanSixty-ninth Precinct detectives and officers stand outside Flatlands Avenue McDonald's restaurant shortly after two men were shot in the parking lot on November 19. Neil S. Friedman Police from the 69th Precinct mobilized quickly last week after they learned that two men were shot in the parking lot of McDonald's at 7602 Flatlands Avenue. The fast food eatery is directly across the street from South Shore High School, however authorities have not linked the shootings to the school. There reportedly were several students inside the restaurant, along with employees, who ducked for cover when they heard the shots at about 2:30 p.m. on November 19.

Also hearing the shots, a police officer assigned to the high school ran across the street and called for backup. The officer checked the victims, one, a 21-year-old from East 82nd Street, and the other, a 22-year-old from East 52nd Street. Police did not release their names.

Both men were conscious and told detectives that they had just walked out of the restaurant when they heard shots ring out. They started to duck and didn't immediately realize they were shot. The younger victim was hit in the left arm and the right hip, while the other was shot in the face.

Police confer at crime scene outside Flatlands Avenue fast food restaurant.                                          Neil S. FriedmanPolice confer at crime scene outside Flatlands Avenue fast food restaurant. Neil S. Friedman Dozens of uniformed police were dispatched to the area and they cordoned off one block of Flatlands Avenue, from East 76th to East 77th streets, which was designated the crime scene. Detectives and uniformed officers canvassed the area and found three spent shell casings.

Witnesses said the shooters fled on foot. Both victims were taken to Brookdale Hospital for treatment. Police said their wounds appeared to be non-life threatening.

A hospital spokesperson told the Courier last Thursday that both men were released several hours after the shooting. One refused treatment and the other walked out after being treated for his wound.

Anyone with information is asked to call the 69th Pct. detective squad at 1-718-257-6215 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

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