SHOTS rang out at a popular New York City diner early Saturday morning, killing one man and sending scared patrons scattering into the streets.
The Good Stuff Diner on 14th Street between 6th and 7th avenues turned into a horror show at 4:46am local time (7:46pm AEDT) when a gunman fired on a 30-year-old man, who was sitting in a back booth.
The victim, who has not been identified, was pronounced dead at the scene. No arrests have been made.
The circumstances around the shooting are still unclear. Authorities are sorting out whether the victim argued with his killer or if the man walked into the establishment and began blasting at random, investigators said.
Surveillance cameras were rolling when the grisly shooting went down, a diner employee told the New York Post. When the shooting occurred some patrons abandoned their plates to call for help.
“A woman comes rushing in asking for the phone to call 911,” said Raj Gopal, 42, a worker at a neighboring 7-11.
The overnight worker asked the harried visitor what had happened. “Somebody has been shot,” he recalled her saying.
Gopal walked out on to 14th Street, near 6th Avenue. “When I came out I saw all these people walking out of the diner in a rush,” he recalled.
“Some of the people were walking away or catching cabs.”