A Richmond Hill native was shot and killed near a nightclub on Liberty Avenue early Sunday morning.
Gerrard Edwards, 23, was walking down Liberty Avenue near 112th Street at around 3:30 a.m. when his killer attacked him and shot him several times in the chest.
Police sources say Edwards was out with several friends when a dispute occurred between them and another group of men. A short time later, Edwards was jumped, allegedly by the same group he had the dispute with, and he was shot.
Police and EMS responded to the scene and Edwards was taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
Cops cordoned off the scene of the shooting on Sunday morning as they began an investigation into the murder. Friends set up a makeshift memorial next to a call box on the corner where Edwards was killed. One woman was seen sobbing at the memorial Sunday morning.
According to published reports, Edwards was raised in Richmond Hill, but his family has since left the neighborhood. He worked for a medical supply company.
Edwards’ murder is the sixth in the 106th Precinct in 2013, an increase from two last year, but those numbers include two men who were found dead in a marsh in Howard Beach in March who were believed to have been killed in Brooklyn, then dumped in Queens and their bodies set on fire. The suspect in that case was arrested a week later. Police believe those murders were drug related.
The three other murders — all stabbings — included a man who was stabbed on 123rd Street in Richmond Hill in May; another who was stabbed to death on Linden Boulevard and 128th Street in South Ozone Park in June; and a man found stabbed to death in a house on 131st Street in November.