Man allegedly killed over health club spat

Dec. 15, 2009 at 1:39 PM

NEW YORK, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- A New York man was killed as he worked out in his fitness club, apparently in a confrontation over who had first dibs on an elliptical machine, witnesses said.

Douglas Smith, 50, of Brooklyn was struck on the head Saturday with a hammer allegedly swung by Shawn Hing, 19, and allegedly was knifed three times by an accomplice, for whom a manhunt was under way. Hing was being held without bond after being charged with second-degree murder, the New York Daily News reported Monday

Smith died in the hospital a day after the attack, the newspaper reported.

Witnesses in the club said Smith and another club member had argued over use of the exercise machine, and that the other man called in the alleged killers, officials said.

"They came from outside and attacked him with a hammer and a knife," a trainer at the club, Pat St. Charles, 37, said.

Detectives were attempting to question the club member who allegedly called in Hing and his alleged accomplice, the Daily News reported.

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