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Kew Gardens man charged with shooting his girlfriend in the head

Steven Diaz allegedly tried to cover up the shooting with a false report

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Posted: Monday, February 10, 2014 2:08 pm | Updated: 12:17 pm, Wed Feb 12, 2014.

A Kew Gardens man has been arrested and charged with the attempted murder of his girlfriend on Sunday morning.

Steven Diaz, 30, was charged on Monday with second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault, tampering with physical evidence and possession of marijuana after he allegedly shot his 22-year-old girlfriend in the head at their home at 84-15 127th St. in Kew Gardens around 9 a.m. on Sunday, according to police.

If convicted, Diaz faces up to 25 years in prison.

The woman is in critical condition at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, police said.

According to a statement issued by Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, her condition is grave and if she succumbs to her wounds, Diaz will be charged with murder.

"The defendant is accused of shooting his girlfriend in the head and causing severe damage to her brain," Brown said. "If her condition changes and she does not survive, the charges will be upgraded."

Brown added that more than 10 pounds of marijuana was found in the home, which equates to a street value of over $64,000.

According to published reports, Diaz told police that three armed men had entered the home and, during a struggle, his girlfriend was shot when a gun discharged.

Diaz allegedly disposed of the 9-millimeter weapon by throwing it in a sewer, according to Brown's statement.

Police responded to a 911 call at the residence but Diaz had already driven the woman to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, authorities said.

The woman's name has not been released by police.

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