- Last Updated: 5:05 AM, July 29, 2012
- Posted: 12:04 AM, July 29, 2012
The gravely ill son of a longtime Bronx restaurateur was found shot dead after an apparent gun battle just blocks from the neighborhood institution his father has run for nearly 40 years.
When Kenneth Clarke got home from another night at Good Dine, his West Indian eatery on East 223rd Street, his son Gary, 29, was there.
The dad heard his son leave sometime in the wee hours — and then got the call every parent dreads.
“I got a call from his girlfriend that he was shot,” a grieving Clarke told The Post. “I’m just in shock. Something is going on out here. So many guns on the street.”
Neighbors heard five shots near East 228th Street and White Plains Road around 5 a.m., and police found Gary Clarke, 29, with a gunshot wound to the chest.
Clarke, who suffered from lupus and had had both kidneys removed, was engaged in a gun battle with another man when he was killed, sources said. A 9mm believed to belong to Clarke, who had previous arrests for drug possession and driving with a suspended license, was found at the scene.
Clarke, who was too ill to work, had been having trouble in the neighborhood, said his longtime girlfriend.
“They shot up his car before, about two months ago, and a week before that two guys jumped him,” Tanisha Lawes, 29, said. “But he wasn’t involved in anything. He’s sick — he’s a weak guy. Maybe it’s a neighborhood beef?”