A report from the Daily News states that late last night after the Knicks' home win, Cleanthony Early was attacked near a strip club in Queens by "four to six" people wearing ski masks, two of whom had guns. Early's assailants used three cars to "box in" an Uber car in which he and his girlfriend were riding, then robbed him and the car of jewelry and valuables and shot Early once in the right knee. Early was transported to the hospital in stable condition. A NY1 TV report notes that Early's girlfriend was not harmed in the shooting.
Police at scene on Maurice avenue maspeth where Knicks forward @Clearly_BallLyf shot in leg #1010WINS pic.twitter.com/oGYTq5POtv— glenn schuck (@glennschuck) December 30, 2015
According to DNAInfo, Early walked to a nearby home, where an ambulance was called.
The robbery and shooting come just over a week after guests in Derrick Williams's home stole over $700,000 worth of jewelry. The degree of organization becoming clear with each new detail about this attack is pretty terrifying.
The Knicks released the following statement this morning:
December 30, 2015
We'll keep you abreast of any updates on this story, and we'll be thinking of and hoping for Cle.
Cleanthony Early's MRI results reveal no structural damage or surgery needed on shot knee, sources tell Yahoo. Clean up to avoid infection.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) December 30, 2015
Gun shot to Cleanthony Early's right knee went straight through, no bullet lodged, sources tell Y! The Knicks forward remains in hospital.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) December 30, 2015