Police are searching for the gunman who killed an aspiring college basketball player and wounded another man early Monday morning outside a Laurelton home on 137th Avenue.
Dowayne Henry, 20, was shot in the head and abdomen. He was pronounced dead at the scen,e according to police at the NYPD’s 105th Precinct.
Henry was a teaching assistant at the St. Martin de Porres Academy, a Catholic school in Elmont, LI. Published reports stated he also sold athletic shoes at Champs Sports, a chain that sells athletic footwear and sports apparel.
Police said they were summoned by a 911 call at approximately 2:36 a.m.
Henry and a 25-year-old man had been at a barbecue at Henry’s home when a man wearing a gray hoodie approached them and started shooting.
The other man was struck in the back and taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center where he was reported in stable condition.
No motive for the shooting was released. No arrests had been made as of Tuesday night, and the investigation is continuing.
A Facebook page titled Rest in Paradise Dowayne Henry had more than 120 likes as of Tuesday evening, and contained photos, prayers and reminiscences from family members and friends.
Originally from Queens, Henry moved to Florida as a teenager and was a standout player at Coconut Creek High School, where he averaged 16.5 points and seven rebounds per game in his senior year.
The victim had attended the University of South Florida and Monroe College in the Bronx. Published reports said he was planning to transfer to York College.
Officials at St. Martin de Porres could not be reached for comment. But in his biography on the scholastic recruiting website beRecruited, Henry wrote of his love of working with children and serving the community.
“In my community I tend to help the young ones,” he wrote. “Athletes are often leaders on and off the field. In my eyes, my community will expand due to my drive and willingness to provide a better place of living for the young ones that surround me.
“My community is not the worst but could be better in various ways. ... The youth mean a lot to me simply because the older kids did a lot for me when I was coming up. That’s just the way of life. You give back to those who gave.”
The NYPD is asking that anyone with information on the gunman’s identity or his whereabouts call Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public also can submit tips by logging onto nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting 274637 (CRIMES), then entering TIP577. All tips are strictly confidential.