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Report: Napkin dispute led to fatal NYC bar shooting

A dispute over a napkin allegedly turned deadly at a bar in New York City on June 14, 2014 AP

NEW YORK - A 33-year-old man is charged in the fatal shooting of another man in New York City, in a dispute over a napkin, reports CBS New York.

Police said Thursday that Fruitquana Hawkins, of Queens, was arrested in the death of 35-year-old fellow Queens resident Timothy Tripp, according to the station.

The New York Daily News reports that police said Hawkins, a parolee, was at the Edge Bar and Lounge early in the morning on June 14 when he grabbed a napkin off Tripp's table. The two reportedly started arguing, and a police source said Tripp picked up a wad of napkins and threw them at Hawkins.

"He [Tripp] said something to the effect of 'Get your own napkins,'" the source told the Daily News. That's when Hawkins allegedly pulled out a gun and started shooting.

Tripp was pronounced dead at the scene after being found by police with gunshot wounds to his head and torso, unconscious and unresponsive.

The suspect fled to Georgia after the shooting, which is where he was arrested earlier this week, according to the paper.

Hawkins is charged with second-degree murder, criminal use of a firearm, criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment.

  • Crimesider Staff

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