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Police Search For Suspects in Avenue A Shootings

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24club_190Police are still searching for two suspects in the shootings that rattled Avenue A early Sunday morning. An off-duty bouncer, 42-year old Eric "Taz" Pagan, was shot and killed outside the club, "Forbidden City." Two others were also shot, and are being treated at Bellevue Hospital. According to the New York Times, the suspects escaped in a white Nissan minivan. Pagan was apparently trying to break up a fight that began after the minivan grazed several people on the sidewalk. Pagan lived on the Lower East Side most of his life. He had a teenage daughter and step-son. It's the second time in as many weekends that shots rang out in the neighborhood. Last weekend, a man was shot outside a bodega on Avenue C. The Times, the Daily News and the Post covered the story.

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Controller candidate John Liu takes issue with the Daily News report claiming he did not work in a sweat shop as a child. Liu defends himself (via the Civic Center Residents Association).

Two bizarre crimes from the New York Post's blotter:

Three thieves surrounded a 29-year-old man on East 12th Street near Second Avenue at 4:45 a.m. Saturday, police said. One of the robbers demanded the man's shoes, but he refused to give
them up, cops said. So one thief punched him in the stomach and head,
and swiped an unspecified amount of cash from him. The suspects, identified as Glenn Williams, 24, Jumar Devouil, 28,
and Melissa Bishop, 29, were quickly rounded up and charged with
robbery. The victim suffered minor injuries.

It was a close shave for a 63-year-old woman attacked by a deranged
man on the Lower East Side, police sources said yesterday. The woman was walking with friends on the Bowery near Bleecker
Street at 2:24 p.m. Thursday when Donald Scawright, 47, assaulted her
with a can of shaving cream, sources said. For unknown reasons, Scawright then allegedly swung a backpack
containing, among other things, the shaving-cream can, hitting the
woman in the head, face and neck. When a police officer on patrol got involved, Scawright allegedly
punched him in the head and back before being arrested on assault
charges. The woman and police officer suffered minor injuries.

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