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Four women and a man were shot and wounded in a hail of bullets early Saturday during a brawl outside a troubled Queens club, officials said.
The victims, all between 23 and 35 years old, were leaving the Rose Lounge on 130th St. in Richmond Hill about 3:46 a.m. when a gunman opened fire, according to Assistant Chief David Barrere,the commanding officer of Patrol Borough Queens South.
Medics rushed the five victims to area hospitals. All are expected to survive, and were being treated for gunshot wounds to the feet, legs and buttocks, officials said.
At least one woman was shot in the chest, officials said.
“Our preliminary investigation reveals that this shooting may be the result of an altercation between two to three males in front of the club,” Barrere said. “Right now detectives are processing the crime scene. They are interviewing witnesses, they are interviewing victims and recovering and collecting evidence.”
No arrests have been made. It wasn’t immediately disclosed if any of the victims were involved in the fight that sparked the gunfire.
It’s not the first time the Rose Lounge has been the scene of gun violence. The club lost its liquor license for six months after two brothers were wounded in an April shooting. One of the men was shot in the head, officials said.
“They opened up with new owners in October,” Barrere said.
But one neighbor said he’s fed up.
“Fights happen here all the time,” Malik Asad, 19, told the Daily News. “I knew this day was going to come. I knew someone was going to get shot or run over.”
“I really don’t feel comfortable walking home at night,” he added. “It’s a cycle. It always happens. A few people get shot and then it happens again.”