Shortly after midnight last night (around 12:30am, Dec 16th), a man was fatally shot on the corner of 109th Street and Columbus Avenue in front of Manhattan Brew & Vine. He was pronounced dead at St. Luke’s Hospital with multiple shots to his torso. The police investigation continued late into this morning. The victim, 48-year-old Damian Ramirez, was the owner of Manhattan Brew & Vine.
Around 7pm on the same night (Friday, Dec 15th), an innocent bystander was grazed by a bullet on 103rd Street and Manhattan Avenue, and was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital. He told the police that he heard the gunshot, then felt a pain in his ear and realized he had been shot.
Despite the fact that both shootings happened extremely close to Columbia’s campus in one night, public safety did not issue an alert for either one of them. To put things into perspective, the fatal shooting on 109th and Columbus happened 2 blocks away from 1020 during peak hours on a Friday night. There are also Columbia-owned apartment buildings around the immediate vicinity of the shootings. Regardless, the Columbia community did not receive any public safety alerts of any form about either incident.
Manhattan Brew & Vine via Broadway World