Four young men were shot in Jamaica over less than 24 hours. One is dead, the other three seriously wounded.
Plain-clothes officers on a routine patrol heard shots fired in front of 107-11 159 St. at around midnight and saw a 19-year-old man holding a gun and standing over the 20-year-old victim, who was unconscious and unresponsive, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. His identity is being withheld pending family notification.
When the cops approached the alleged assailant and identified themselves as police officers, he fled on foot and they chased him. The man attempted to get into a car — a 2009 Chevy Malibu occupied by two youths — a 17-year-old man and a 16-year-old girl, but the police nabbed him, according to the NYPD.
Two firearms were recovered near the crime location. The two occupants of the vehicle and an additional 16-year-old boy were taken to the 103rd Precinct for questioning, according to the NYPD. Charges are pending.
A woman who lives near where the shooting occurred was shocked to learn what had happened as she left her apartment building with her 4-year-old daughter at around 8 a.m.
“She was asking me, ‘Mommy, what happened?’” the woman, who did not want to be identified, recalled. “There were people standing around crying and the police were washing the blood away and taking down the crime scene tape. What do you say to your child? I don’t want to wake up and see something like that. It’s horrible.”
In an another incident, which is believed to be gang-related, three people were shot near a Wendy’s on 139th Street and 89th Avenue, at around 3 p.m. yesterday, according to published reports.
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, who was at the scene, told various media outlets that investigators believe it was a drive-by shooting in which members of the Latin Kings gang targeted members of the MS-13 gang.
The three victims — one shot in the left leg, another struck in the right arm, and the third shot twice in the leg — were taken to area hospitals and their injuries are not life-threatening, according to the reports.