A busy Chelsea restaurant was back open Sunday night, hours after a man sitting outside in a red Bentley was wounded in a drive-by shooting, police said.
Bullets began to fly at about 5:30 a.m. Sunday outside the swanky, 24-hour Cafeteria eatery on Seventh Avenue.
Sources say 27-year-old Garry Rey was sitting inside the parked Bentley when another car pulled up and someone inside started shooting, investigators said.
The driver's side window of the Bentley was riddled with bullets.
One of the bullets pierced Rey in his back and shoulder. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital Center to be treated for his injuries. He was in stable condition on Monday morning and is expected to survive.
Police said Rey, who has been incarcerated multiple times, has been uncooperative with authorities.
Some people were shocked when they heard about the shooting.
"Here in Chelsea... Things never happen. What? Wow," a man named Khary said.
Cafeteria server Ross Baron told NBC 4 New York that he wasn't at the restaurant at the time but added that things can get wild during the overnight hours.
"Obviously that's really shocking, but it doesn't 100 percent surprise me," he said. "Late at night this place can get an array of clientele. I don't know the reasons why... People are drunk, people are rowdy after a night out."
On Sunday, City Councilman Corey Johnson, who represents District 3, said he was "horrified by this act of violence in Chelsea" and urged residents to call police if they have info.
Police sources said that Rey has not been cooperative and that they're uncertain of a motive for the shooting.
Authorities told The Associated Press on Sunday that the gunman is still on the loose after leaving the scene in what might have been a silver or gray SUV.
Police are combing through security camera footage to find evidence leading them to a shooter.
Chelsea resident Noemi Masliah says she'd feel safer if the shooting was part of some personal dispute.
"I hope they knew each other, because then it makes it more logical, for lack of a better word," Masliah said.
"If it's random, it's a little bit more scary because then it could happen to anybody."