A gunman opened fire on a rival in the shadow of the Empire State Building on Sunday, hitting his target and two bystanders — one a tourist, cops said.
The shooter and a buddy were walking along W. 31st St. toward Fifth Ave. and were outside the Herald Square Spirits wine and liquor store at about 4:40 p.m. when they started arguing with an acquaintance behind them, cop sources said.
One of the men then spun around and started blasting indiscriminately, wounding the subject of his wrath — and two other men, one a Romanian tourist leaving the liquor store, sources said.
The gunfire sent pedestrians and tourists scrambling.
Sources identified the victims as Abdoulaye Kane, 25; Ahmend Kabia, 43, and Adrian Burduja, 29.
Kane was hit in the left arm and Kabia in the right shoulder, sources said. Burduja, of Romania, was shot in the back, sources said.
Medics took all three to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition.
“I was staying at that hotel right there, so that’s frightening, I could have been right there. This is scary,” said Jo Serrara, 25, a tourist from Detroit staying at the Life Hotel across the street. “But unfortunately I’m not surprised. I feel like something like this happens every day, it doesn’t matter where you are.”
David Markovich, 28, who lives around the corner, said he was waking to his favorite vape store on W. 31st St. when he came across a large crowd, then saw the three men on the ground.
“One of them looked pretty bad. It looked like he was shot in his stomach and there was blood coming from his stomach all over the ground,” Markovich said.
“One of the guys seemed like he was just riding his bike and he got hit because he was next to a bike that was fallen on the ground.”
Another neighborhood resident said she regularly walks her beagle in the area and hasn’t seen any violence.
“Something like this has never happened here. I’ve lived here about four years. And that’s a very nice liquor store, it’s very upscale,” said the woman, who didn’t give her name. “But there’s a bus terminal on that side of the street. That bus terminal changes the dynamic of the neighborhood.”
Police were searching for two men who ran immediately after the shooting. One is described as black and 5-foot-10. He wore all black and a face mask. The other is black, 6 feet tall and wore a camel jacket, light blue jeans, white and red checkered Nike sneakers and a red skull cap.
Cops had not made any arrests.