Early Sunday morning, an undercover police officer who was responding to reports of a bar fight fatally shot a 43-year-old security guard who had opened fire inside the bar. A 19-year-old man with a gun also involved in the fight was wounded by police.
It was a raging fight that drew police attention at Norwood Palace Sports Bar in Cypress Hills, Brooklyn, where patrons’ smashed bar stools over each other’s heads.
The 43-year-old man, later identified as Kevin White, had been hired as a security guard for a party at the bar, celebrating the boxing match between Miguel Cotto and Manny Pacquiao, when he pulled out a gun and started firing into the crowd for reasons unknown. He was later taken to Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
White has a lengthy police record, however. He had been arrested 28 times before, 5 of the times were for firearms-related offenses.
The 19-year-old male was shot three times, according to police officials. He was taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, where he is currently in stable condition.
According to witnesses, when police came onto the scene, their first sight was the 19-year-old male wielding a firearm. They identified themselves before opening fire.
Though the police are not releasing the names of the officers involved in the shooting, they did reveal that one of them was 31 and has been with the Police Department for five years. The other officer is 28 years old and joined the force four years ago.