Two men beat another man in front of a building on West 93rd street between West End Avenue and Riverside Drive around 9 p.m. on Thursday following at least one gunshot on the block, a witness tells us.
Sam, who lives on 93rd between West End and Riverside, says he ran to his window after hearing what sounded like a gunshot. (We also heard reports of shots fired from other people who live in the area.) He said he saw two men beating up a third man.
“They were on him for about 2 minutes but it was really brutal, stomping on him, punching him. The guy was completely defenseless,” wrote Sam. People began yelling at the assailants from their windows saying they called the cops, and the two men ran away toward West End and jumped in a Southbound cab. The man who had been beaten was able to walk away afterward. “I still can’t believe he got up and walked away,” Sam wrote. He did not think any of the people involved in the fight had been hit by gunfire. A knife was also found at the scene.
Update: A 22-year-old Upper West Sider named Anthony Steward was reportedly arrested for firing a shot from a .25-caliber semiautomatic gun. He told police that two men were trying to rob him so he shot at them to scare them off. He was charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree and reckless endangerment.
“During a canvas of Riverside Park by officers from the 20th Precinct, they found Steward walking on a park pathway near 93rd Street without a shirt and bleeding, police said. He was brought to St. Luke’s Hospital and released after being treated for flesh wounds from the fight, including a cut on his arm and bruising, [Capt. Marlon] Larin said.”
Apparently the area was full of police officers more than an hour after the fight, and three areas of the street were taped off, other witnesses told us.
Another person who lives on the block says that she heard one person was stabbed.
I arrived home from work at 9:40 tonight and West 93rd was blocked off by police cars and crime tape between WEA and Riverside. Detectives were interviewing witnesses who said that 15 minutes before I arrived there had been a loud fight between 3 men; one was stabbed and another pulled out a gun and several shots rang out. All three men then fled (2 northbound, 1 west into the park.) A lone ball cap was left on the street from one of the men – an eerie reminder of what had taken place just minutes before. All of the neighborhood residents watching the scene kept remarking how this kind of thing “just doesn’t happen on the UWS” and the “UWS is the safest neighborhood in Manhattan.”
Sam helped the police find the victim, who was found in Riverside Park without his shirt on. He said the beating did not appear to be a random attack. “This was definitely not a random act of violence there is some kind of back story or history to it.”
A police spokesman did not have any details about the fight or gunshots when we checked in around 11 p.m.
Photo by Emily.