Comedian performing in Bloomfield recounts terrifying shooting

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ByJim Dolan via WABC logo
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
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Jim Dolan has the story.

BLOOMFIELD, New Jersey (WABC) -- It was no laughing matter for a comedian who got caught in the crossfire in New Jersey on Friday night.

When bullets started flying while she was on stage in Bloomfield, it wasn't funny at all.

"Next thing I know I heard pop, pop, pop, pop, pop, pop. But when I heard that first pop I wasn't really sure, but when I heard that second shot I knew to get down and get out of there," Byrd said.

30 shots were fired from outside the club. Three gunmen were trying to hit someone inside. They hit six other people they were not aiming for.

"I heard the gunshots, it was about 10-12 rounds, very loud, very loud," a witness said.

"When I first walked out it was nothing but smoke, the place was smoked up, tables and chairs were thrown everywhere, people were lying down on the floor," Byrd said.

Ms. Byrd already has a comedian's take on Friday night.

"I ran under the couch, I don't even know how I fit under the couch, I think my butt was sticking out, you know," Byrd said.

But it sure wasn't funny then.

"I was afraid you know, fear kicks in," Byrd said.

Byrd was not hurt in the shooting. She says she will try to be more careful about security at the clubs she works at in the future. The club in question was closed after the shooting for fire and health code violations.