Gunfire wounds 5 at Harlem hoops tournament

July 26, 2012 3:44:01 PM PDT
A night of fun turned into terror and fear as gunfire erupted and wounded five people during a popular basketball tournament.

The shooting happened at Rucker Park in Harlem, which is located at the intersection of 8th Avenue and 155th Street.

A video shows the storm of tension was brewing on the court as the basketball team from Westchester County, called the 914, was confronting the Polo Ground team.

A woman named Stephanie told Eyewitness News that mass hysteria and panic followed the shooting. She says the public address announcer made a comment which touched off the melee.

Stephanie says police responding to the scene corralled the shooter on 8th Avenue as he was still wildly shooting into the crowd.

The five wounded people were taken to St. Luke's for treatment. None of the injuries were considered life-threatening.

Former Knicks point guard Nate Robinson was at the game, but was not playing. He was not injured.

According to the founder of the Entertainers Basketball Classic, the shooting happened at halftime after a fight broke out in the stands. The stands were cleared because of the fight. Moments later, shots were fired, apparently from the street, into the court area.

Founder Gregory Marius says in 31 years they have never had a problem. There are security checkpoints before people can enter the court.

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