2 men shot and killed inside Hell's Kitchen music studio
NEW YORK - The NYPD is looking for multiple suspects in the shooting deaths of two men inside a makeshift music studio in Hell's Kitchen early Thursday morning.
Cops responded to a 911 call just after midnight about a man shot at 350 West 37th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues. When police arrived they found a man with a gunshot wound to the back lying in front of the building. Another man identified by police as Kamir King, 34, was found inside 354 West 37th Street on the third floor of the walk-up commercial building with a gunshot wound to the head.
Both men were rushed to Bellevue Hospital where they were pronounced dead.
Cops recovered a gun near the first victim.
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West 37th street between 8th and 9th Avenue remained closed for hours as police investigated the deadly shootings.
"Part of this investigation is looking into to see if there is any [connection] between an earlier shots-fired incident, which occurred proximately a year ago to the date on May 7th of last year about two blocks away," Deputy Chief Sal Comodo said during a briefing.
A group of males were seen entering the building around the time of the shooting, added police.
The name of the music studio is not currently being released.
The NYPD is asking the public for any information about the shootings including video of the incident be sent to the NYPD Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.
The shootings occurred as new statistics show that major crime is up more than 41% in New York City compared to the same time last year. The surge appears to be impacting Mayor Eric Adams' approval rating.
A new Quinnipiac University poll finds 54% of city voters disapprove of Mayor Adams while only 37% approve. In early February, 35% of voters disapproved and 49% approved.