(Photos by David Greene)
By David Greene
BRONX, NEW YORK, May 22- A man hit with a barrage of gunshots has apparently survived as police look to surveillance cameras and the community for assistance in capturing the two assailants.
Officers from the 42nd Precinct were called to Maria's Restaurant, located at 645 Courtlandt Avenue, in the Melrose section at just after 4 a.m., on Sunday, May 20.
The gunman apparently opened fire on the unidentified victim as he exited the popular club and sports bar at closing time. One police source stated, "The victim was likely (to die) and was transported to Lincoln Hospital," and has since survived.
Three bullet holes could be seen in the front door of the club and latex gloves used by paramedics, littered the street.
According to several NYPD sources, detectives were looking for two Mexican men, one fled on foot and the other fled in a white vehicle."
EMS records show the victim was hit four times, once in the torso, twice in the arms and once in the leg.
Two women were returning home to the block, when one woman asked, "What is happening to this neighborhood? Something is always going on here."
A woman answering the phone at the club that caters to a Puerto Rican and Dominican crowd, refused to answer any questions and quickly hung up the phone.
The scene was a block away from a brutal beating at the Melrose Houses on April 16. Police say Moises Lora, 16, was beaten to death by a group of men. Police have recently released a video of the suspects in that case.
On February 17, Norman Lodge, 32, was shot in the lobby of his building on E. 153 Street at Courtlandt Avenue. Lodge, who police say had a lengthy police record, died at Lincoln Hospital. Police still have no suspects in any of the three cases.
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