MELVILLE, N.Y. — A Long Island bar reportedly took bets on whether Chicago or New York City would see more shootings over Labor Day weekend.
The Cliffton in Patchogue shared photos on Instagram of a paper grid with patrons placing bets on the number of shootings in the two cities, Newsday reported.
"Let the shooting sprees begin," the caption of the Instagram post read.
As a @MomsDemand volunteer and gun violence survivor with the @Everytown Survivor Network I am positively disgusted by The Clifton Bar on Long Island treating gun violence as a joke. This is life and death, not a betting pool. Shame on them. pic.twitter.com/oCjwH2IlDL— lisa hendricks (@MsLisaHendricks) August 29, 2020
The State Liquor Authority said the bets appear to be illegal under the New York law and is calling the betting pool “sickening.”
Suffolk County police also said they were investigating.
Rich Azzopardi, a spokesman for Gov. Andrew Cuomo, condemned the post.
"These reports are repugnant and those responsible for this gambling pool should be ashamed," he told Newsday.
Cities across the country have seen a surge of shootings this summer.
The owner of the bar did not return a request for comment.
PIX11 contributed to this report.