A bystander was shot by a retired NYPD officer at a Howard Beach restaurant Tuesday night, according to reports.
Officers at Frenasia, an Asian fusion restaurant at 163-35 Cross Bay Blvd., found a 52-year-old man struck in the arm with a chair and a 31-year-old man shot in the back, police said.
The shooting victim was taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in stable condition.
Steve Kruger, 61, was charged with assaulting the 52-year-old man. There were no other arrests but police say the investigation is active and ongoing.
In 2016, Kruger was charged with operating as a major trafficker, third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and second-degree conspiracy in connection with a drug ring involving John Gotti’s grandson. The Chronicle could not immediately determine how his case was ajudicated.
The Daily News said the 52-year-old retired officer pulled a gun during an argument Tuesday and fired, hitting the 31-year-old man in the back by mistake.
“There was a shot. It hit one man, then all the police came,” a hostess told the Daily News. “They brought him out on a stretcher.” Tables were tipped over around the bar and blood was visible on the floor as police searched the scene, the Daily News said.