This morning, CU Pub Safe sent out email and text notifications that a man was shot in the leg on Amsterdam between 119th and 120th late last night at around 3 am.  The man was not affiliated with Columbia and was taken to St. Luke’s with non-life-threatening injuries.  The shooter fled into Morningside Park.  NYPD is investigating.

We’ll update this spot if any more information becomes available, but at this time this is all that’s available.  Stay safe and stay cool.

Update, 4:45 pm: A woman who lives in the neighborhood emailed Public Safety to complain about Amsterdam Lounge, which is in the area of the shooting. James McShane, the head of Public Safety, replied to her email from his iPad and accidentally cc’d everyone at Columbia. This is why you should never reply-all.

Dear Alice,

Thank you for sharing your concerns regarding the Amsterdam Tavern. I am forwarding your e-mail to the appropriate persons in the Facilities organization.

All the best,

Jim McShane

Sent from my iPad

On Jul 20, 2013, at 2:46 PM, “Alice Bednarchik” [email redacted] wrote:

Dear Sir or Madam,

Did this incident take place anywhere near the nightclub located in the “Amsterdam Restaurant and Tapas Lounge” located at 1207 Amsterdam Avenue between W. 119th Street and W. 120th Street? If so, may we reiterate that this nightclub continues to be a sore point in the Columbia community. Those of us at [address redacted] as well as other residential buildings in the immediate neighborhood are subjected to loud raucous behavior until 3:00 or 4:00 and sometimes later in the morning on nights the nightclub is in operation. Many of us are roused out of a deep sleep by this noise and many of us cannot get back to sleep as a result.

Bottom line, how does Columbia University intend to deal with this serious situation and take care of its community in this matter?

Sincerely yours,
Alice M. Bednarchik