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Long Island bar betting on Labor Day weekend violence in New York is investigated

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Posted at 1:19 PM, Sep 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-02 13:28:11-04

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.

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.