Shots fired at police on Nov. 2 mark the third instance of recent gun violence at the Queensbridge Houses, the Long Island City housing complex. A suspect was shot in the thigh and taken into custody. No one else sustained any bullet wounds.
Last Friday at 8:49 p.m. police responded to reports of gunshots at 41-09 12th Street, according to the NYPD. Upon arrival the officers observed shattered glass at a bus shelter and Terrance Carew, 30, who fit the description of the suspect.When officers arrived, they exited their marked department vehicle to approach Carew, who immediately began to run.
Carew, of Rosedale, allegedly had attempted to remove personal property from a man at the bus stop. Police reports say Carew, who was armed with a .380-caliber semi-automatic, shot at the victim of the attempted robbery as he fled the scene. The man did not sustain any injuries.
Police ran after Carew, who allegedly fired at the officers behind him. They fired back, striking the suspect in the right thigh.
The bullet wound didn’t stop Carew, who allegedly continued to flee until he ran into two additional officers. Faced with more force, he dropped his gun and was taken into custody without any further incident. Carew was transported to Elmhurst General Hospital for treatment and is listed in stable condition.
Two officers and a sergeant were taken to hospitals and treated for tinnitus, an ear condition caused by loud noises.
The investigation is ongoing, but as of press time Carew has been arrested and charged with two counts of attempted murder of a police officer, and one count each of attempted murder, robbery and criminal possession of a loaded firearm.
A woman was shot in the leg at the houses on Oct. 3 and a girl was shot in the hand by a stray bullet coming in through her window two weeks earlier. Those incidents did not result in anyone’s death either.
There has been renewed focus on gun safety by city politicians including a gun-control rally as a result of the increase of violence.
Deputy Inspector Stephen Cirabisi of the 114th Precinct, which patrols the Queensbridge Houses, said at the precinct’s October community council meeting that he expects a few new officers to help combat the uptick of crime in the district. Crime is up by 8 percent for the year to date when compared to the same period last year.
Although a date is not yet set, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) says he is working with Bishop Mitchell Taylor, the Center of Hope International and the NYPD to organize a gun buyback event.