Long Island City (Queens) NY May 30 2019
Police are searching for a gunman who opened fire outside the Show Palace men’s club in the early morning hours of May 20, wounding a bouncer who was working outside the troubled club at 42-50 21st Street in Long Island City.
Police said the gunman fired the shots from across 21st Street, striking the 42-year-old bouncer in the left leg and arm before running from the scene.
The bouncer was taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center where he was listed in stable condition with non life-threatening injuries, fire officials said.
Police had shut down the notorious nude club in January, after the vice squad discovered that employees were serving more than juice to patrons.
Armed with a court order, the vice squad shut down the controversial club on January 19, saying the club was promoting prostitution and serving more than juice to patrons. The women, ages 20 to 35, were charged with prostitution.
The SLA denied a liquor license to club owners three times before the club announced their decision to transform the place into a nude juice bar, where patrons would quench their thirsts with a variety of fruit juices.
The club was also closed in December 2015, after detectives at the Queens Narcotics Squad determined that bartenders and servers were selling cocaine, marijuana and lap dances to patrons.
Police are urging anyone with information on the May 20 gunfire to call the CrimeStoppers Hotline or click on www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.