Cops probe Throggs Neck club shooting

Scene of Friday, Feb. 21 early morning shooting outside the Burger Bar on E. Tremont Avenue.
By Walter Pofeldt

East Bronx detectives were still seeking clues to a shooting outside a Throggs Neck club that left one man wounded and police with little information to go on.

Police said the male victim, described only as in his 30s, was shot outside the Burger Bar at 3841 East Tremont Ave. near Schley Avenue about 3:40 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21.

The victim had driven from Manhattan and was standing outside the club when he said he heard a shot, police said.

He told them he did not discover he had been shot until he drove home and his girlfriend saw he had been wounded in his back.

The victm, who had prior arrests for drug possession, was taken to Jacobi Medical Center for treatment and was listed in stable condition.

Police are trying to determine if the shooting may have involved another club patron.

Large crowd partying

There was a large crowd that had come from the Polo Grounds Towers in Washington Heights to party there that night, said a police source.

They said the club, however, has not been very forthcoming with information.

“They’re not being very cooperative. They don’t have many answers for the questions they’re being asked.”

Partygoers inside the lounge, which has security at the front door, told police they didn’t hear any shot fired.

The source noted that the club, former home of the Latin Kitchen, is still operating under the license of the former occupant.

“I would think the SLA (State Liquor Authority) might be paying them a visit soon,” they said.

No reported problems

The Burger Bar recently began holding weekend club events, while running as a regular restaurant, but police said they’ve had no reported problems with the late night crowd there.

The former occupant, the Latin Kitchen was a popular local restaurant serving Latin dishes and drawing a number of Yankee players.

Police asked anyone with possible information about the shooting to contact Detective Anthony Elio of the 45th Precinct Detective Squad at 718 822-5414. All calls will be kept confidential, they said.

Management at the club did not respond to calls for comment.

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