It was hell up in Harlem last night as gun shots rang out on the famed Rucker basketball courts. Five people were shot in the melee.
Gunfire erupted around 10 p.m. at the Holcombe Rucker Park court on Frederick Douglass Boulevard near W. 155th St. after a dispute during a game for the Entertainers Basketball Classic.
According to the New York Daily News, witness Rodney Harris, 47, said:
“They started arguing, about a bad call or something like that…The guy was standing no more than five feet away from me. He pulled a gun out of his pocket and shot once. He then shot one more time. Everyone started running. He was real close to me…I thought I got shot.”
Nate Robinson, former New York Knicks point guard was at the game, but escaped unscathed.
According to Harris:
“He was watching the game…After the shooting, he was okay. He wasn’t hurt…he left like everyone else.”
The five shooting victims were taken to area hospitals and all are expected to survive, police said. One other person also was injured in the incident.
The shooter started running amongst the crowd but then walked calmly across the street toward the Fine Fare supermarket and fired a few more rounds, Harris said.
This is the second incident in a week where gunfire erupted on a basketball court. On Sunday, 4-year-old Lloyd Morgan was shot in the head as gunfire rang out on a Bronx basketball court.