Man Used Home-Assembled 'Ghost Gun' to Shoot 4 People in New York Night Club

A 25-year-old man allegedly used a home-assembled "ghost gun" to shoot four people during a fight at a New York City bar before he was shot by a New York City Police Department sergeant early Monday morning.

The shooting occurred at about 4 a.m. at 11:11 Restaurant & Lounge in the city's Inwood neighborhood in northern Manhattan, the New York Daily News reported. An argument that took place inside the bar spilled outside when the bar closed, and the bar's security tried to diffuse the situation.

While police were talking to security, the man allegedly opened fire, hitting four victims, according to the Daily News. The sergeant then shot back, hitting the alleged shooter in the hip.

He was rushed to Harlem Hospital, where he was in stable condition and went into surgery. The shooting victims, who range in age from 28 to 35 years old, were also hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, the Daily News reported.

Officers recovered the weapon, which was an unregistered ghost gun with no serial numbers.

Ghost guns can be bought online and assembled at home. Because they do not have serial numbers, they cannot be traced by law enforcement when they are involved in crimes.

The guns are often made with 3D printers or gun-making kits along with essential parts like receivers. Loopholes allow for people who would not normally be able to pass a background check or minors to purchase the "ghost guns."

Lawmakers have sought in recent years to make "ghost guns" more difficult to obtain. U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Connecticut Democrat, is one lawmaker who has led the charge against the weapons.

"Anyone with access to the internet can order a gun-making kit or use 3D-printing technology to build their own assault weapon, pistol, or shotgun, circumventing identification, licensing, and background check requirements," Blumenthal said in a statement about 2020 legislation that would regulate parts and materials used to build the guns.

President Joe Biden issued an executive order in April directing the Department of Justice (DOJ) to address "ghost guns" and make them subject to background checks.

In June, the New York State Senate passed a bill that would strengthen penalties and regulation of the untraceable guns, though it had not been signed by the state's governor.

New York Attorney General Letitia James also called on the DOJ to regulate ghost guns in August, saying, "Deadly ghost guns exist for only one purpose—to put guns into the hands of those who are legally prohibited from owning a firearm."

In 2020, the NYPD recovered 150 ghost guns, a jump from only 48 in 2019 and 17 in 2018, according to the Daily News.

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A man allegedly used a “ghost gun” to shoot four people during a fight at a New York City bar early Monday morning. Here, a gun made by a 3D printer is shown in 2013. Robert MacPherson/AFP via Getty Images