It was a short night for one Astoria club patron when he was kicked out of the establishment for acting belligerently, according to police. But before he called it a night he wanted the last word.
In the early morning hours of Jan. 21, the clubgoer, Aaron Dockery, 29, walked to his car parked near Club Lit, located on Steinway Street near 36th Avenue, and grabbed a gun. Dockery had just been escorted out of the club and fired at the bouncers who were standing outside.
NYPD officers were on scene patrolling the club when they heard the shooting and chased down Dockery. They caught him and recovered a loaded weapon, stacks of cash, nearly five pounds of cocaine, crack, crystal methamphetamine and thousands of Xanax pills, according to police.
The shooting happened around 2:30 a.m. after Dockery asked to be allowed back in if his friend, who was also reportedly acting belligerently, stayed outside. But, when the bouncer denied his claim, Dockery started screaming that he would “shoot up the club,” according to police.
He ran across the street to his car, grabbed his gun and fired one round with his semi-automatic handgun in the air. He then sprinted back to his car with his weapon in his sweatshirt pocket only to find two cops waiting for him, police said.
Dockery took off on foot, along with the firearm, which was already loaded with another round, but was chased down moments later by the officers.
He was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a loaded firearm, reckless endangerment, resisting arrest, menacing and obstructing governmental administration.
An apparent friend of Dockery, David Torres, 38, of Hempstead, was apprehended after attempting to enter Dockery’s Dodge Charger that was being safeguarded by police. He was charged with hindering prosecution, tampering with physical evidence, obstructing governmental administration and unlawful possession of marijuana.
Investigators are continuing to search for a third suspect, a 24-year-old Hempstead man who was sitting in Dockery’s car when he retrieved the firearm, but who fled on foot as police chased down the gunman.