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Gang rivalry led to subway shooting

Killer reportedly is in U.S. illegally

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Posted: Thursday, February 7, 2019 10:30 am | Updated: 12:56 pm, Thu Feb 14, 2019.

The man shot dead on the 7 train subway platform at 90 St-Elmhurst Ave. in Jackson Heights on Sunday afternoon, in front of dozens of onlookers, was a member of the Latin American 18th Street gang, and his suspected killer is with MS-13, police said Monday.

The alleged shooter is under arrest, and police are still seeking another man who was with him at the time of the crime, NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea told reporters.

“I am happy to report that today we do have a person in custody regarding that shooting,” Shea said, in video posted online by CBS. “We believe we have the shooter in custody, in under 24 hours.”

He added, “He is a gang member. He is in our criminal group database as an MS-13 member. He has been arrested before in New York City, and in fact he has been part of a criminal group gang case before in New York City.”

Police later announced that the alleged shooter is Ramiro Gutierrez, 26. They did not say where he lives, and neither did the Queens District Attorney’s Office when it announced the charges against him: second-degree murder, first-degree gang assault and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. If convicted, he faces up to 25 years to life in prison.

Fox News, citing the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agency, reported that Gutierrez is an illegal immigrant.

According to police, an argument between the victim and two other men began on a Manhattan-bound train and spilled out onto the platform a little before 12:45 p.m.

Cell phone video posted to social media shows the three wrestling next to the stopped train, with one of the men also punching the victim while some straphangers try to pull them apart. The other man then pulls away and gets up, with what appears to be a silver gun visible in his hand. The victim tries to get up and reach for either the man or the weapon, and then is shot. Five more shots follow the first.

In the video, posted by Twitter user Bidur Bista, the other man who had been fighting with the victim was wearing what appears to be a black vest over a gray hooded sweatshirt, along with a gray knitted hat, dark pants and white sneakers with black and red markings.

That man was last seen running down 90th Street. The victim, Abel Mosso, 20, of East Elmhurst, was declared dead at the scene.

“At this time we believe he was struck multiple times in the face, causing his demise,” Shea said.

“This senseless act of gun violence by an alleged member of a vicious street gang will not be tolerated in Queens County,” Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said in a prepared statement.

NYPD Chief of Transit Edward Delatorre on Sunday asked other witnesses to provide police with any videos they may have, in video posted by WCBS News Radio 880.

“There were many witnesses on that train that saw this incident,” he said, “so we’re asking any riders that actually have video to please send that video up to us and call us at 1 (800) 577-TIPS and give us anything you have, including descriptions of the subjects and anything they may have heard on that train.”

The number Delatorre gave is for the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline. People with information can also submit tips by logging onto nypdcrimestoppers.com, or by texting 274637 (CRIMES), then entering TIP577. Spanish speakers may call 1 (888) 57-PISTA (74782). All tips are strictly confidential.

Shea said police already had received an “incredible” amount of tips and information, saying, “We want to thank the public for their cooperation with this terrible act.”

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  • WonderBread posted at 4:32 pm on Mon, Feb 11, 2019.

    WonderBread Posts: 19

    This happened in Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's (AOC) district. Little miss get rid of ICE hasn't said one word about this. An innocent person could have been killed! I guess it's hard for the Yorktown Heights resident to understand crime in the big city.