Another witness who rushed to help described the scene, “I was holding my hand on him to stop the bleeding. Two women performed CPR. He was gurgling. He couldn’t talk,” the witness continued. “We were telling him to hold on.”
Drayton was rushed to the hospital but later pronounced dead at Jacobi Medical Center.
The building is owned by retired NYPD Detective, Elliot Parisi, who commented, “I’m very saddened by what happened to this young man. Especially during the holidays and [knowing] that he has children and a family.” Adding, “The days for this club are over."
The Pit Lounge has a history of fights and violence, and is patronized by a "rough crowd." “There’s violence there all the time,” said Lucy Srancois, a resident. “There’s always fighting and gunshots."
NYPD has still not apprehended the gunman.