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Shootings down last week in New York City but deadly violence continues, NYPD says

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Despite a decrease in shootings last week compared with a year ago, violence left three dead, including a woman found brutally slashed in a Queens park Sunday afternoon, the NYPD said.

The woman, said to be about 40, was found by a homeless man in Kissena Park, police said.

Later Sunday night, police found Eric McKinney, 31, of Brooklyn, shot dead in a car at Ashland Place and DeKalb Avenue.

Those attacks followed a Friday night argument between a stripper and a patron at the Key Club Cabaret in the Bronx that led to the shooting death of 45-year-old Jose Feliciano, police said.

An unidentified assailant fatally shot Feliciano, who had intervened in the fight after it continued outside the club, police said.

The deadly violence continued into the new week early Monday morning when a man kicked out of a Manhattan club returned with a gun and shot one woman to death and wounded two others, police said.

The victims were innocent bystanders inside the nightclub Motivo, police said.

Walikque Faussett, 24, of the Bronx, was killed, police said.

"It is a freak thing, getting hit by a stray bullet," said one high-ranking NYPD official Monday.

The weekend killings pushed the year's homicide count to 275, an increase of 8.3 percent over the same period in 2014, police data showed. Shootings for the week were down by 35 percent over last year and for the year, off nearly 2 percent.

All suspected shooters were still at large late Monday, police said.

The location of the Key Club Cabaret, at 4139 Boston Rd., has a notorious past. In recent years, a series of now-defunct strip joints at the spot were under the protection of the Gambino crime family, including the late Greg DePalma, according to federal court records and law enforcement sources.

DePalma was targeted in an undercover operation that used FBI agent Jack Garcia as an investor in the gangster's club, court records showed. Earlier, Albanian crime figures tried to extort one of the clubs but were kept away by a $5,000 monthly payment to the Gambino family, a law enforcement source said.

Police said they are looking for an unidentified man in the Key Club shooting. The Key Club, located in a commercial area of the Bronx near Pelham, isn't connected to past events in the FBI case. Officials at the club were unavailable for comment Monday.


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