Two men shot dead outside Manhattan restaurant: cops

Manhattan shooting scene
FILE – A crime scene
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Manhattan detectives are looking for the gunman who shot three people, killing two of them, outside a restaurant on Sunday night, police reported.

Law enforcement sources said the shocking incident unfolded outside the La Minita Restaurant at 3855 10th Ave. in Inwood at 11:41 p.m. on June 16.

Officers from the 34th Precinct, in responding to a 911 call about the shooting, found multiple people wounded in the street.

The victims included a 44-year-old man shot in the face, and a 40-year-old man who took a bullet to his chest. EMS rushed both victims to Harlem Hospital and Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, respectively; both victims died just after midnight Monday morning. Police have not yet released their identities, pending family notification.

Officers also discovered at the crime scene a 37-year-old man who was shot in the leg. Paramedics removed him to Harlem Hospital in stable condition; he is expected to survive, police sources said.

Through June 9, the 34th Precinct reported zero homicides year-to-date, according to the most recent CompStat report. However, shootings throughout the command 166.7%, with eight incidents of gun violence so far in 2024, five more than the number tallied in 2023.

The motive for the shooting remains unknown and under investigation, police sources said. So far, no arrests have been made in the ongoing investigation.

Police say they are looking for a perpetrator wearing all black and donning a facemask who fled eastbound on 206th Street. 

Anyone with information regarding the shooting can call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (for Spanish, dial 888-57-PISTA). You can also submit tips online at crimestoppers.nypdonline.org, or on X (formerly Twitter) @NYPDTips. All calls and messages are kept confidential.