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Man shot and killed at Chelsea diner

October 23, 2010 4:35:24 PM PDT
Police say a 28-year-old man was shot and killed at a Manhattan diner Saturday morning.

"I'm terrified, I'm really scared," said a Chelsea resident.

They're not only scared, but they are fed up in Chelsea.

It was 4:45 in the morning on Saturday, when police say, the 28-year-old man was sitting inside the "Good Stuff Diner" on West 14th Street.

Witnesses say it was bustling with customers who had just finished partying all night at nearby clubs when the gunfire began.

Caitlin Gorham just moved to New York City last month and hopes it is just an isolated incident, but she's a bit shaken.

"I actually saw them bring the body out this morning, and also, there was a CSI van, bunch of police cars, SUVs, a lot of people watching, traffic slowing down," Gorham said.

The 28-year-old victim was shot repeatedly in the head and chest.

Investigators have been reviewing surveillance tape from the area.

Long-time residents in Chelsea told Eyewitness News that they are getting more and more concerned about late-night club traffic.

"What I want to know is, where are they coming from? Are they coming from certain clubs? If so, deal with the clubs," said Anthony Bova, a Chelsea resident.

"They started a lot of the after-hours stuff again. A lot of people keep drinking, beyond the normal points when the clubs are supposed to close," said Peter Jenkins, a Chelsea resident.

At the neighborhood diner where families eat every day, customers say they want answers.

"Oh my God, I was just going to call my friend because we always come here with the kids. We were supposed to meet here at 12:30 and I'm like, we're not going to the diner," said Nancy Cohen, a Chelsea resident.

The gunman is still on the run.


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