Murder Victim Hazel Tanis Was Trapped In This
Corner Of The Bar
|Hazel Tanis was located in this corner of the
Lafayette Grill when the two gunmen opened fire on her from six
to 10 feet away. When the killers entered the bar, the open door
blocked their view of Tanis, who was sitting on a corner stool
near the front window. The killers shot the bartender and Fred
Nauyoks, then Willie Marins. They turned and headed for Mrs.
Tanis, who was cowering in the corner. Without saying a word,
they fired five .32 caliber slugs and one 12 gauge shotgun blast
at her. One of the .32 slugs hit the wall (see arrow above the
word "curtain"). The killers then walked out the front
door, turned right, and walked around the corner, laughing and
joking. That's where they ran into Al Bello. Although severely
wounded, Tanis managed to crawl to the area by the front door.
[Poor-quality photo of the corner]