Cheap Chicken Wings, Bullets on the Menu in Fort Greene


By Lucy Jordan

Brooklyn police have blamed two shootings and a stabbing in Fort Greene last night on a cheap chicken wing promotion in the area.

According to an e-mail Capt. Anthony Tasso of the 88th precinct sent to the New York Times, “thousands” of teenagers from high schools borough-wide descended on Buffalo Wild Wings in the Atlantic Center Mall, attracted by a 40-cent-a-wing deal.

There were three incidents in the area last night, all of which were non-fatal. The first of the shootings happened on Fulton Street at South Portland at 8:24, outside Greenlight Bookstore. Two black male teenagers, aged 15 and 17, were each shot in the leg. Izzy Brousseau, 22, was working across the street in Greene Provisions grocery store when it happened. “I heard two gunshots then I saw kids running in every direction. I saw one guy hobbling away holding his leg.”

Jessica Stockton Bagnulo, one of the owners of Greenlight Bookstore said, “We didn’t really notice what was going on until after it happened. We’ve only been open three weeks. Someone said, ‘welcome to the neighborhood!'”

Half an hour later on Hanson Place at Flatbush, an eighteen-year-old black male was shot. An NYPD spokesperson said “the perpetrator snatched a chain from the victim’s neck, displayed a fire-arm, and shot him in the left wrist.”

Capt. Anthony Tasso told the Times that there was also “a stabbing in the vicinity of the Atlantic Center Mall.”

The police have confirmed that the gunshot victims had suffered only minor injuries, and that as of this afternoon no arrests had been made. They had no further information on the stabbing.

Asked this afternoon, the manager of Buffalo Wild Wings, Amedeo Agresti, said he didn’t know anything about the violence. The President of the company, Jim Bitzonis, later said via e-mail:

“We take very seriously the situation that occurred… In the short-term, we have decided to stop running our Tuesday promotion in order to help ensure we are providing a safe environment for our guests, neighbors and community.”