A Corona man wanted in connection to a shooting incident involving police was apprehended in Union City, NJ on a fugitive warrant.
Christian Mosquera, 20, a resident of Westside Avenue, was arraigned on Aug. 6 before Queens Criminal Court Judge Suzanne Melendez.
Mosquera has been charged with several crimes including first-degree attempted aggravated murder, first- and second-degree attempted murder, criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree and first-degree reckless endangerment for allegedly shooting at officers on June 21.
According to the NYPD, officers patrolling the streets heard gunshots and immediately responded.
Upon arrival, Mosquera was allegedly seen with a gun by police chasing an unidentified person along Lamont Avenue in Elmhurst at 1:45 a.m. two months ago.
The police ordered Mosquera to drop his weapon several times.
Allegedly, he did not comply with the officers’ request and instead turned toward the police and fired a single round of shots before fleeing the scene.
According to police, after pursuing Mosquera, officers recovered a loaded .22-caliber Ruger Mark 1 long-arm pistol on the ground near the corner of Lamont Avenue and Gleane Street, as well as two live rounds of .22-caliber ammunition.
When he was arrested, Mosquera allegedly denied shooting at the officers, saying he only used his weapon against another individual.
“I know this is about that thing in New York,” he allegedly told Union City police officers.
“I saw it on the news. I saw my picture in the paper. I wasn’t shooting at police. I shot one or two times at someone else.”
Mosquera, who faces up to 25 years to life in prison if convicted, was ordered held without bail and to return to court on Sept. 10.