Three men were shot at a Greenwich Village hookah lounge early Sunday, police said.
Shots rang out at the Falucka Lounge on Bleecker St. near Sullivan St. about 3:45 a.m., officials said. It wasn’t immediately clear if the men were shot outside or inside the lounge.
One of the men, Kunta Edwards, 29, was shot in the calf. Another, 27-year-old Romayen Simpson, was shot in the groin, and the third victim, Kurt Hyman, 33, was blasted in the leg and back, authorities said. Medics took them to Bellevue Hospital, where they were in stable condition.
Cops said the men had been involved in a dispute before they were shot.
“I was in bed. I was sleeping. I ran down looked at the windows. I saw cops running around,” said Thomas Watts, who owns a sports bar across the street from the hookah bar. “It was chaos. I smelled gunpowder through my window.”
Watts, 40, watched footage from one of his bar’s security cameras outside and saw one of the victims run across the street and lean on a mailbox after he was shot.
“The paramedics came. It was a leg shot. They were bandaging him up and stuff,” he said. “The guy could have run anywhere but ended up here in front on my place. He ran across the street from Falucka, the hookah bar.”
“It really screws me up,” Watts added. “There’s the World Cup. I’m supposed to be open. To me it’s terrible. I was trying to open up for the World Cup. The village is a pretty low key place, so to have something like that happening, it’s a bummer.”
After cops took down police tape in front of Watts’s restaurant, Jo Jo’s Philosophy Bar & Grill, he began washing blood off the sidewalk and picking up food scraps found next to one of the victims.
“There’s some pepperoni here,” he said.
A woman who lives nearby said the hookah lounge is not the issue.
“The problem is the people. They have a metal detector. They come out and they’ve been checked, they have a stamp or whatnot,” she said. “They can easily come back. And they might have grabbed a gun or knife.”
There had been no arrests.