An after-hours dice game in Brooklyn turned into a saloon-style shoot-em-up early Saturday, and when the smoke cleared, the floors were littered with blood, playing cards, $100 bills, guns, and four bodies.
Three other people were wounded and taken to hospitals, where they were expected to survived, the New York Post reported. Another victim was treated for a broken leg sustained while fleeing the bullets.
Witnesses said the incident unfolded at Triple A-Aces catering hall shortly before 7 a.m. when about 20 people were present in the small room, some playing poker and others playing the dice game cee-lo at another table. The New York Post reported that Chester Goode, 37, was believed to have started the ruckus when he pulled a 9mm handgun, fired into the ceiling, and ordered everybody down on the floor.
When the shooting was over, Goode and his two companions — identified as Terrence Bishop, 36, and John Thomas, 32 — were dead, as well as the game’s security guard, who has not yet been identified.
Two guns were recovered: Goode’s 9mm and a revolver, apparently belonging to the security guard.
Samuel “Sammy” Revells, owner of the the catering hall, said he had no idea about the after-hours gambling, telling police he only rented the hall to family functions like birthday parties and funerals, the Post said. The gambling operation was unlicensed, police said.
A law enforcement source told the Post it wasn’t clear if Goode and company had intended the rob the game or if they were just upset because they’d been losing badly.
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