A security guard for a Times Square nightclub testified yesterday (Feb. 26) in New York that she never saw Sean "Puffy" Combs with a gun after she heard shots fired in the crowded club. But Sharise My

A security guard for a Times Square nightclub testified yesterday (Feb. 26) in New York that she never saw Sean "Puffy" Combs with a gun after she heard shots fired in the crowded club. But Sharise Myers said she did see the music mogul's protege, Jamal "Shyne" Barrow, shooting during the melee at Club New York where three people were wounded early on Dec. 27, 1999.

"I saw him [Barrow] firing a gun," she said. "I went down to the floor. I fell on top of Mr. Combs, and other people fell on top of me. His [Combs'] face looked shocked. His hands were on the floor like the rest of his body."

Combs' lawyer, Johnnie Cochran, asked Myers, "Did he [Combs] have a gun in his hands at any time?" Myers replied, "No, he did not." Just before the shooting, Myers said Barrow "screamed out a loud obscenity, which drew my attention ... I saw him firing a gun. I went down to the floor."

Myers, a Department of Social Services supervisor who searches female patrons at the club on weekends, also said that Combs and his then-girlfriend Jennifer Lopez were ushered in by club management and were not searched. She testified that some male security guards might not have searched all the men entering the crowded club because they were "starstruck."

Combs, 31, and his bodyguard, Anthony "Wolf" Jones, 34, are charged with two counts of gun possession. Barrow, 21, a rapper for Combs' Bad Boy Records, is charged with three counts of attempted murder. Combs also is charged with bribery for allegedly offering his driver $50,000 to take the gun rap for him.

Just before the shooting, Myers testified that Matthew "Scar" Allen, with whom Combs allegedly had the dispute that sparked the gunfire, was screaming profanities near the bar. Allen "took some money out of his pocket and threw it at Mr. Combs," Myers said. She said the money scattered but did not hit Combs.

Allen agreed last month to testify but fled before he could be called to the stand, prosecutors said. He was found last week in Maryland.

Myers said chaos followed the shooting: "Other people were running all over the club, trying to get their coats, trying to get out the front door. There were fights. People were snatching people's chains, taking people's fur coats. All that craziness."

Also testifying was Arhemia Fida-i, executive secretary to New York University's president. She said she called Cochran after hearing about the testimony of Tarnisha Smith, whom she accompanied to the club. Smith, 24, claimed that she saw a gun in Combs' hand when the shooting started. She said that as she ducked for cover, she saw Combs run for the exit with Lopez.

But Fida-i, who said she is 6-foot-1 in high heels, said Smith, who testified she is 5 feet tall, ducked under the bar the instant they heard shots.
A security guard for a Times Square nightclub testified yesterday (Feb. 26) in New York that she never saw Sean "Puffy" Combs with a gun after she heard shots fired in the crowded club. But Sharise Myers said she did see the music mogul's protege, Jamal "Shyne" Barrow, shooting during the melee at Club New York where three people were wounded early on Dec. 27, 1999.

"I saw him [Barrow] firing a gun," she said. "I went down to the floor. I fell on top of Mr. Combs, and other people fell on top of me. His [Combs'] face looked shocked. His hands were on the floor like the rest of his body."

Combs' lawyer, Johnnie Cochran, asked Myers, "Did he [Combs] have a gun in his hands at any time?" Myers replied, "No, he did not." Just before the shooting, Myers said Barrow "screamed out a loud obscenity, which drew my attention ... I saw him firing a gun. I went down to the floor."

Myers, a Department of Social Services supervisor who searches female patrons at the club on weekends, also said that Combs and his then-girlfriend Jennifer Lopez were ushered in by club management and were not searched. She testified that some male security guards might not have searched all the men entering the crowded club because they were "starstruck."

Combs, 31, and his bodyguard, Anthony "Wolf" Jones, 34, are charged with two counts of gun possession. Barrow, 21, a rapper for Combs' Bad Boy Records, is charged with three counts of attempted murder. Combs also is charged with bribery for allegedly offering his driver $50,000 to take the gun rap for him.

Just before the shooting, Myers testified that Matthew "Scar" Allen, with whom Combs allegedly had the dispute that sparked the gunfire, was screaming profanities near the bar. Allen "took some money out of his pocket and threw it at Mr. Combs," Myers said. She said the money scattered but did not hit Combs.

Allen agreed last month to testify but fled before he could be called to the stand, prosecutors said. He was found last week in Maryland.

Myers said chaos followed the shooting: "Other people were running all over the club, trying to get their coats, trying to get out the front door. There were fights. People were snatching people's chains, taking people's fur coats. All that craziness."

Also testifying was Arhemia Fida-i, executive secretary to New York University's president. She said she called Cochran after hearing about the testimony of Tarnisha Smith, whom she accompanied to the club. Smith, 24, claimed that she saw a gun in Combs' hand when the shooting started. She said that as she ducked for cover, she saw Combs run for the exit with Lopez.

But Fida-i, who said she is 6-foot-1 in high heels, said Smith, who testified she is 5 feet tall, ducked under the bar the instant they heard shots.

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