Another late night basketball game, another shooting. How much longer must this go on? Earlier this week a 4-year-old boy was murdered at a Bronx basketball game, and now another night of carnage rocked Manhattan Wednesday as five people were shot following a game at Harlem’s Rucker Park.
Five people were shot last night at a basketball game at Harlem’s famed Rucker Park where ex-Knicks guard Nate Robinson was among those scrambling for safety during the chaos, authorities and witnesses said.
The mayhem broke loose just before 11 p.m. at the courts on West 155th Street and Eighth Avenue during the annual Entertainers Basketball Classic, which has featured numerous NBA superstars.
“All of a sudden the game stopped because an argument broke out in the stands,” said witness Rodney Harris Jr., 47, who was five feet from the melee.
“The next thing you know one guy reaches into his pants pocket and pulled out a gun. He fired one shot into the crowd and then another,” Harris said.
Reached for comment behind his armor-plated fortress, a shaken Mayor Bloomberg reacted:
“It’s quite obvious we need a moratorium on late night basketball games,” said Bloomberg, “and I urge our leaders in Washington to begin cracking down on basketball sales. Why does anyone need more than one basketball?”
Bloomberg, under fire recently for suggesting police should go on strike and thirsty New Yorkers be limited to 16 ounces of their choice of beverage, dismissed suggestions that basketball control was the answer.
“Are you stupid? You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to see how violent basketball makes people. We really need a federal database of basketball purchases, along with background checks at sporting goods stores.
“What’s more, there were several anecdotal reports of Big Gulps being consumed by the shooter,” Bloomberg said. “It’s obvious caffeine also played a role in this tragedy.”
Here’s a clip of the mayhem in Harlem.
Meanwhile, the NYPD, having refused Bloomberg’s calls to abandon their posts so he could have his way on gun control, arrested a “youth” that could look like Obama’s son if he had one for the murder of the child Sunday night.
A 17-year-old described by neighbors as a “demon” and “f—ing punk” was charged with murder yesterday in the death of a 4-year-old Bronx boy at a charity basketball game.
Rondell Pinkerton “deserves what he got,” said a man who knows him from the same Morrisania housing project where little Lloyd Morgan was shot in the head and two others were wounded Sunday night.
“He is a f—ing punk. He is a bad kid. He has a bad attitude.”
A woman who also knows Pinkerton from the Forest Houses said, “I have no sympathy for him. He is the devil. He is a demon. Some kids are bad and disrespectful — he is one of them.”
Civil rights icon and MSNBC star Al Sharpton was unavailable for comment.
By the way, if it’s not clear enough, we’re being satirical spoofing on Bloomberg, but considering his behavior of late, it’s not really a stretch.