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CO: Shooting victim was alleged robber

Partner’s gun discharges in attack

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Posted: Thursday, October 10, 2019 10:30 am | Updated: 12:33 pm, Thu Oct 17, 2019.

The commanding officer of the NYPD’s 103rd Precinct had a mostly positive report Tuesday night at the monthly meeting of its Community Council.

But the precinct’s lone shooting for the previous 28-day period — a fatal one — found an alleged robber on the wrong end of a gun.

Inspector Peter Fortune, commanding officer of the 103rd, told the audience that the incident took place at about 1:10 p.m. on Oct. 1 in Jamaica at the intersection of 160th Street and Tuskegee Airmen Way when two men approached a victim intending to rob him of a gold chain at gunpoint.

“One of them went to pistol whip the victim but did not take his finger off the trigger,” Fortune said. “The gun went off, striking the second subject in the head.”

Fortune said the robbery victim was badly shaken when they arrived, but was otherwise OK.

The NYPD, in a press release issued that evening, said EMS personnel rushed the gunshot victim to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Fortune said it took some time to find the gunman, who fled the scene and was located later that day hidden in the trunk of a car in a nearby lot. The inspector said a weapon was recovered.

He also said cameras in the area played a valuable role in tracking the suspect down.

Year-to-date, major or so-called index crimes are down 3.5 percent so far.

In comparison with the same 28-day period in 2018, crime in the precinct was down more than 16 percent, with rapes, felony assaults, burglaries and grand larcenies all reported down.

Stolen cars were level at eight, though Fortune said even that could have been lower.

“Three of our [stolen cars] involved vehicles that were left running,” he said.

Year-to-date the precinct has seen five murders as opposed to two at the same time in 2018; rapes are down 22 percent; robberies down just over 20 percent, with burglary and grand larceny also down 5 and 3.8 percent, respectively.

Shooting victims are down from 14 to 10, with shooting incidents down from 13 to 10.

The precinct announced that its Community Affairs Unit will host a program titled “Diplomas and Shields” from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at the McDonald’s restaurant located at the intersection of Parsons Boulevard and Jamaica Avenue.

The aim is to create conversations and open dialogue among the neighborhood’s youth and officers from the precinct in order to build better relationships.

There will be free food and giveaways.

Sponsors include McDonald’s, the Queens Youth Justice Center, First Presbyterian Church in Jamaica, Hype, 100 Suits for 100 Men and Leo Hearted Cares Inc.

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