“Right now we believe the motive is possibly narcotics. That’s an active narcotics location that we’ve made 52 arrests so far this year in front of and inside that McDonald’s” said Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce.
While the NYPD continues to look for the suspects involved in Monday’s shooting that left man one dead and two others wounded, it is clear that the tragedy yesterday was due in no small part to the confluence of drugs, dealers, and the local treatment centers and clinics that dot the surrounding area.
The three individuals who were fired upon were Angel Quinones 43; William Lamboy, 45; and Eddie Torres, 48. Quinones died of his injuries at the in A/C/E subway station at the corner of West 35th. Lamboy and Torres remain at Bellevue being treated for their injuries.
Watch Video of the Chaos as Gunfire Erupts at the Subway Station
A member of West Midtown Medical Group clinic, the same clinic being linked to Monday’s shooting, in referring to the individuals who were shot remarked “They were cool cats. They would just come down, get their methadone, a coffee and chill. I don’t know what happened. It’s crazy.”
A quick search shows no less than this methadone clinic and four treatment centers within eight blocks of each other, and over ten if you look several blocks further. Unquestionably, treatment centers are needed and are good public policy however this concentration of centers and clinics needs to be revisited. As Hudson Yards and these surrounding blocks become more populated, there will be an increasing threat posed upon residents, visitors and workers alike.
Treatment Centers and Clinics Surrounding Hudson Yards
West Midtown Medical Group – 311 W 35th St (closer to 8th Ave)
Crystal Meth Anonymous (meets at the Manhattan Plaza Health Club) – 482 West 43rd Street (near the corner of 10th Avenue)
New York Drug Rehab – Corner of 10th Avenue and 33rd Street
Mountainside Drug Rehab – 347 W 36th Street (closer to 9th Ave)
Road Recovery – 440 W 41st St (near the corner of Dyer Ave, between 10th and 9th avenues)
NRI Group LLC – 301 W 37th St (near the corner of 10th Ave)