Police ID Bouncer Fatally Shot in Neck

Gunman was reportedly aiming at another bouncer who kicked him out of the club earlier

Monday, Dec 5, 2011  |  Updated 6:08 PM EDT
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Police ID Bouncer Fatally Shot in Neck

NBC New York / NYPD

Victor Mendez, wanted for questioning in the shooting at Bronx nightclub The Pit Lounge

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The club bouncer who died on the job when he was shot at a Bronx nightclub early Sunday morning has been identified.

Police say 26-year-old Terrance Drayton of Brooklyn was shot in the neck just before 6 a.m. at The Pit Lounge at 266 White Plains Rd. in the Bronx.

They're now looking to question 21-year-old Victor Mendez in the incident.

Witnesses told the New York Post Sunday the bullet was meant for another bouncer who had been involved in breaking up an earlier fight inside the nightclub.

"He was just standing by the doorway and boom, it happened," a witness told The Post.

He "was gurgling, he couldn't talk," the witness said.

Two bystanders tried, unsuccessfully, to revive Drayton with CPR, witnesses said.

Emergency responders arrived on the scene and transported the victim to Jacobi Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

Anyone with information on Mendez or the shooting is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS or at nypdcrimestoppers.com.

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