Two men were shot and killed in Jamaica last weekend in two separate incidents, according to police.
Emergency Medical Services found Shakey Foster-Bay, 24, on Saturday, May 19 wounded in his torso, leg and arm from the gunshots. He was found around 4:15 p.m. at 184-23 Galway Ave., in the 113th Precinct and was taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, according to police reports he was pronounced dead upon arrival.
The following day Dennis Walter, 21, died on the scene after sustaining gunshot wounds to the head. He was found around 1:30 p.m. at 107-19 171 Place, in the 103rd Precinct.
No arrests have yet been made and both murders are still being investigated.
Compared to last year at this time, murders have doubled from four to eight in the 113th Precinct area, according to police CompStat statistics. The total number of crimes, including rapes and robberries, have also increased from 781 last year at this time to the current 849. Around this time last year the number of murders in the 103rd Precinct area was four and is now three. However, overall crimes have increased from 551 to 585.
According to the Daily News, the 113th Precinct has the fifth highest number of shootings of the 76 precincts in the city at 21 shootings so far this year.
Ironically, City Council members declared May 18 through 24 “Hip-Hop Against Gun and Gang Violence” week. The program features famous people in the Hip-Hop industry, such as Fat Joe, promoting nonviolence.
Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) said a continual effort will make the program successful as long as the community is involved.
“The shootings are high in numbers but people in the community should not be worried about random shootings,” Comrie said. “Most of these shootings are very personal in nature. They’re premeditated.”
Donovan Richards, chief of staff to Councilman James Sanders (D-Laurelton), said the program directors have made a good push to work with government officials and that it does not hurt to try differnt programs.
“If you save one life, obviously it’s an impact,” Richards said.
He also said this is only the start of addressing a serious issue.
“It’s going to take more than this to really tackle the problem,” he added “We need a community to tackle the problem as well.”