Gunman kills one in fight at Flavor Lounge: NYPD

Photo by Christina Santucci
By Joe Anuta

Neighbors of a Richmond Hill bar are fed up after a series of early Sunday fights left one man dead and another wounded.

Officers were called to Ross Flavor Lounge, which is just blocks from the 102nd Precinct, at about 3:30 a.m. in response to reports of gunfire, the NYPD said.

Kwasi Olatunji, 36, of Brooklyn, was found with multiple gunshot wounds to the torso, according to police.

Olatunji was taken to Jamaica Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to the NYPD.

When officers arrived on the scene, they also found a 27-year-old man who had been stabbed in the leg, police said.

That man was taken to Jamaica Hospital where he was listed in stable condition, according to the cops.

Police sources told the New York Post that two separate bar fights led to the shooting and stabbing, which did not appear to be related.

No arrests had been made by press time Wednesday, according to the NYPD, and the investigation is ongoing.

Obdaulio Navarro, who lives above the bar with his family, said he and his family were awakened by the sound of gunfire from what appeared to be inside the club.

Looking out his window, he saw a scuffle out of his window and later observed officers removing one person from the scene in a body bag, while the other was taken away in an ambulance.

Shaun Ramlogan said he was getting off of the bus and saw the flash of a gun from the doorway of the lounge.

The owner of Flavor Lounge, listed as Kenny Ross, told TimesLedger Newspapers that he was not at the club at the time of the incident and had no idea what happened.

A post listed on the club’s Facebook page went up Sunday afternoon: “This morning we had an unfortunate incident outside of Flavor lounge. We are cooperating with everyone to see this incident resolved. Flavor Lounge is open tonight for your exotic cocktails and atmosphere.”

But neighbors said that the watering hole is a constant problem.

“Close the place down!” one resident said. “We don’t need this here.”

A man who runs a nearby business but did not want to be named said the bar is the scene of frequent fights.

“It’s been a problem,” he said. “Hopefully, the community will take care of it.”

The murder marked the second gun death in Queens over the weekend. Early Saturday morning, one man was killed and another wounded in a shooting outside a Jamaica bar, the NYPD said.

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

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