One dead in nightclub shooting

Police vehicles surround Vibes Bar and Cafe as an investigation is performed. Photo by Ellis Kaplan
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A Queens man was shot and killed outside a South Jamaica nightclub early Sunday morning, police said.

At about 4:43 a.m., cops arrived near the corner of Liberty Avenue and Remington Street and found 36-year-old Anthony Robinson of Jamaica shot in the torso, according to cops.

Neighbors reported hearing gunfire and the screeching of car wheels after a crowd that had gathered outside of Vibes Bar and Cafe, at 143-06 Liberty Ave., fled the scene.

Neighbors said the venue had played host to several organized parties over the weekend, from a group of motorcycle bikers Friday night to a children’s party earlier Saturday.

Soundless video surveillance from one neighbor’s home shows a group of people standing around, then abruptly running down the street.

“I thought it was firecracke­rs,” said 33-year-old Janet Bobb. “It’s so sad.”

Sunday morning, crime scene technicians dusted several cars still parked on the street for prints, while several young men and women, one of whom said she was the victim’s cousin, talked to detectives.

Some neighbors characterized the nightclub as sometimes noisy but not generally a problem for the neighborhood.

But another said the Sunday morning shooting is not the first time bullets have flown on Remington Street due to a spillover from the venue.

In a previous instance about a year ago, the woman said a stray bullet lodged itself into a neighboring house.

“I’m not happy because somebody died,” she said. “But maybe [when] things like that happen the police will pay attention.”

Other residents also recalled a previous violent incident.

The owner of the club could not be reached for comment.

Reach reporter Joe Anuta by e-mail at januta@cnglocal.com or by phone at 718-260-4566.

Updated 7:25 pm, June 20, 2012
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