Fight Over Elliptical Machine Leaves Brooklyn Man Dead

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A Brooklyn social worker was senselessly killed at his neighborhood gym after police say he was brutally attacked during a heated argument over exercise equipment.

According to police, Douglas Smith, 50, was attacked Saturday at his East Flatbush health club by two men armed with a knife and hammer. Smith was rushed to Kings County Hospital and died Sunday morning.

Witnesses say the fight broke out after an argument erupted between Smith, who has been described as a tall gym buff, and a smaller club member over a Nautilus elliptical machine.

The dispute was reportedly over who claimed first dibs on the exercise equipment.

Smith was double-teamed by the man and a friend as he worked out. He was stabbed three times in the back and hit in the head with a hammer.

One of the alleged killers, 19-year-old Shawn Hing, was arrested Sunday night and arraigned in Brooklyn Criminal Court Monday on a charge of second-degree murder. He has been ordered held without bail.

According to court papers, Hing hit Smith with the hammer.

Authorities are still on the hunt for Hing's accomplice. Anyone with information is urged to contact New York City Police.

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