Man Shot to Death in Biggie’s Favorite Diner

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Notorious B.I.G. immortalized one of his favorite eateries, and his order of “a T-bone steak, cheese eggs and Welch’s grape,” in the song “Big Poppa,” but now the Country House Diner is in the news for a much sadder reason. Early on Sunday morning, 34-year-old Jason Lewis was shot and killed after he got into a fight with a drunk man at the Clinton Hill restaurant, according to the Daily News. Witnesses say Lewis intervened after 27-year-old Tyrone Gainer grabbed a woman in the diner, and Gainer hit him in the face. “Why’d you smack me?” Lewis said. “We don’t have to shed blood for this.” Then Gainer allegedly whipped out a .22-caliber handgun and shot Lewis in the heart. Gainer has been charged with murder, criminal possession of a weapon, and criminal use of a firearm.