Man fatally shot outside Chelsea’s Dream Hotel, Busta Rhymes later seen nearby
A 25-year-old man was shot dead early Thursday outside the high-end Dream Downtown hotel — where rapper Busta Rhymes was spotted hours later.
Byron Morales was blasted in the lower torso in front of the hotel on West 16th Street near Ninth Avenue around 12:20 a.m., according to police.
EMS rushed the victim to Lenox Hill Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The shooting happened during a dispute between Morales — who was from Brooklyn and not a hotel guest — and another man, cops said.
The suspect took off in a Jeep with other men, according to police. It was unclear whether he was the driver or a passenger.
Sources said Morales was a member of the Outlaws street gang. Police are now investigating whether the fatal shooting was gang-related.
The victim may have been leaving the Tao Downtown Restaurant, police sources said.
Hours after the shooting, rapper Busta Rhymes was spotted near the scene, though it wasn’t immediately clear why he was there.
The rapper, wearing an orange and black patterned shirt, was one of several people shown in photos congregating on the block, which is dotted with various nightclubs, around 4 a.m.