Police arrest shooter, aim to close Sunnyside restaurant
The police department is trying to shut down a Greenpoint Ave. restaurant following a shooting that took place outside it in December, said Captain Donald Powers, the commanding officer of the 108 precinct.
The shooting occurred outside Restaurant Azteca, a Mexican restaurant located at 47-16 Greenpoint Ave., shortly after two men got into an argument inside the eatery. Eladio Espejo, a 26-year-old Hispanic man, shot the victim several times in the arm and thighs before fleeing. The victim survived the incident.
While Espejo was arrested last week, the police department has filed a nuisance summons against the restaurant to shut it down. Last year, the precinct filed nine summonses against various establishments. Six of the nine establishments were shut down either temporarily or permanently.
The department has had several problems with Restaurant Azteca. “This is establishment was known to us before the shooting,” Powers said.