A woman was shot inside Gitsis Restaurant on Monroe Ave. at 3 a.m. Sunday. Police have released few details about what led to the incident, but I suspect there will be much discussion about safety along the strip. There have been several shootings inside and outside establishments in the area over the last decade.
Although there is a police presence on Monroe Ave., it doesn’t seem to compare to the highly-coordinated police strategy in the Upper East End. That may be the result of the fact East End bars are concentrated, while Monroe Ave. is more spread out. But lack of officers didn’t prevent the Gitsis shooting; witnesses said an officer was inside the restaurant when it happened.
The city’s response to the shooting will be interesting. Will City Hall heap nuisance points on Gitsis, which could lead to a shutdown? That was the response to the fatal shooting that took place outside the Bug Jar. The city ended up working with the owners to put in place a security plan.
City Hall has never really embraced Monroe Ave. as an entertainment district, even though it’s lined with bars and eateries. I’m not sure what could be done to prevent these sporadic incidents of violence other than closing down late-night eateries. Has it gotten to that level?
Update: The shooting appears to be accidental. Security approached police to report a customer with a gun and when police approached the man, he took it out and it fired. The police chief said there’s no reason to go after Gitsis for this incident.
Links of the Day:
– Rural Onondaga County towns oppose the county executive’s plan to limit sprawl.
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