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Giants' Short was in store next to fatal gunfight

New York Giants linebacker Brandon Short escaped harm during a shootout Wednesday night in New York's Greenwich Village, where police brought down a gunman who shot and killed a bartender and two auxiliary police officers.

"I was fearful for my life. There were bullets flying everywhere."
-- Brandon Short

Short told the New York Daily News he was in a Bleecker Street jewelry shop when gunfire erupted. He said the two officers who were killed, Nick Pekearo and Eugene Marshalik, ran past him just as he entered the store.

Short told the Daily News he ran to the back of the store and dropped to the floor when the shooting between police and gunman David Garvin began.

"I was fearful for my life," he told the newspaper. "There were bullets flying everywhere."

Outside, police engaged Garvin in a fierce gun battle after he shot a bartender in a pizzeria and then shot and killed the two auxiliary officers. Garvin then holed up in a leather goods store -- next to the jewlery shop where Short had been shopping -- before coming out firing. Police reportedly fired 56 shots at Garvin, killing him.

"It was a crowded street in Manhattan. Some people were running through restaurants, running down alleys to get away," Short told the newspaper. "It's a miracle that no bullets actually went through the window."

Garvin, 42, had been carrying two semiautomatic firearms and a bag with a fake beard and 100 rounds of ammunition, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.