2009-12-31 / Front Page

GUNFIRE ERUPTS OUTSIDE NIGHTCLUB

By Charles Rogers

Mahogany Palace, on Remsen Avenue between Avenue D and Foster Avenue, has been the site of many notorious clubs in the past. Charles Rogers      Mahogany Palace, on Remsen Avenue between Avenue D and Foster Avenue, has been the site of many notorious clubs in the past. Charles Rogers Police from the 69th Precinct will tell you that just because it’s the holiday season does not mean that violence and peace are not the reality in some places, including Canarsie. Attesting to that, two men were injured after a brawl started in the Mahogany Palace nightclub at 922-924 Remsen Avenue early Christmas Day. Three men were arrested and charged with various offenses, including attempted murder and gun possession, while the others were taken to the hospital.

Police sources said the fight broke out in the club at about 5 a.m. as the crowd started to mix it up because one person supposedly called the other a name. People were being injured as punches were thrown and the fight, defined as “large” by police, was taken outside, where more fighting ensued.

One man, Roger Marsalis, 37, was allegedly handed a firearm from his friend, Jamal Songul, 35, and, according to police, Marsalis started firing into the crowd, striking a 22-year-old patron in the stomach. At the same time, another man was stabbed multiple times in the chest. Both injured men, whose names were not released, were taken to Brookdale Hospital by Emergency Medical Service paramedics where the stabbed victim was treated and released and the victim of the shooting was termed in “serious but stable” condition by emergency room physicians.

As police arrived, the crowd of fighters disbursed, but patrol officers apprehended Marsalis, Songul and Marlon Adrien, 28. All three were arrested and charged with attempted murder, weapons possession, menacing and harassment. Marsalis was also charged with possession of marijuana and Adrien with possession of heroin.

Anyone with further information is asked to call the 69th Precinct Detective Squad at (718) 257-6215 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

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