The Hive, a club on Queens Boulevard in Elmhurst, is marked off with police tape on Friday after a dispute in the club led to a shooting that killed one and injured two others.
The corner of Queens Boulevard and Barnwell Avenue, where an unknown suspect fired shots into a crowd coming out of The Hive club after a dispute around 4:05 a.m. on Friday.
Police officers and detectives stand outside of The Hive, where three people were shot after a dispute blew out of control early Friday morning.
A woman is dead and two others are injured after a dispute at a club in Elmhurst got violent early Friday morning.
Around 4:05 a.m., police responded to reports of a disorderly crowd at The Hive, a new night club at 79-21 Queens Blvd. When they arrived, the crowd dispersed out of the club and an unknown suspect began shooting near the corner of Queens Boulevard and Barnwell Avenue.
Three people were hit, one fatally, and all were brought to Elmhurst Hospital.
A 20-year-old woman was shot in the neck and leg and was pronounced dead at the hospital. Her identification is pending family notification.
Another woman, 21, was shot in the buttocks and leg, and a 31-year-old man’s head was grazed with a bullet. Both are in stable condition.
No arrests have been made, and the investigation is ongoing.
Police tape was still blocking off a large portion of Queens Boulevard and Barnwell Avenue on Friday afternoon. Debris from flares that were used to direct traffic away from the crime scene was lying under police tape. Numerous police officers and detectives milled up and down the street, and in and out of The Hive and other local businesses.
Early in the afternoon, police were checking to see if any of the neighboring businesses had surveillance cameras that could provide information on the incident or the shooter.
At one point, four young men emerged from behind the police tape at The Hive, but immediately ducked into a hardware store next door in order to avoid reporters. The owner of the business told the reporters to leave and closed his gate.
Curious passersby hung around the edges of the police line, waiting for new developments.
Rianne and Simone Hoekstra were visiting from Holland and staying at Hotel Q just a block away on Queens Boulevard. They said they did not hear any shots or commotion from the hotel.
“We saw it on the news this morning during breakfast,” Simone said. “I said to [Rianne], ‘Something happened close to us. It was on the boulevard.’ She said, ‘No, no, no.’ Then we walk outside and I said, ‘I think I was right.’”
Despite the shooting, the sisters said that they still felt safe. In their week-long visit, they said, “there were never any problems at all” in the neighborhood.
Paul Newendorf, a member of the Newtown Civic Association and resident of Elmhurst for 35 years, disagreed about the safety of the neighborhood.
While he said that the an incident like the shooting has “never, ever, ever” happened before in his neighborhood, he believes that crime has gone up in the neighborhood since a homeless shelter in the Pan American Hotel across the street opened up earlier this year.
“There’s been problems there every night,” Newendorf said. “They’re pulling the fire alarm, stores have been getting robbed, there are complaints that they’re ordering food and running out without paying for their food. We never had this before.”
The 110th Precinct could not immediately confirm whether or not crime has increased in the area since the homeless shelter opened.
A representative from the 110th Precinct also said that he could not reveal any more information about the shooting, since the investigation is ongoing.
He invited anyone interested to attend the next 110th Community Council meeting on Nov. 13, where they will answer the community’s questions and release any additional information possible. The meeting is at 7 p.m. at Flander’s VFW Hall, 51-11 108th St.