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Push to track down South Ozone gunman

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Posted: Monday, August 5, 2019 2:23 pm | Updated: 12:20 pm, Thu Aug 8, 2019.

The hunt for a young man with a gun who tried to shoot a woman in South Ozone Park last month picked up speed when police realized the would-be shooter was wanted for two other robberies in the neighborhood.

The police were already eager to find the man depicted in a July 19 surveillance video attempting to shoot a woman outside her home near 109th Street and 109th Avenue, then fleeing on foot after the gun jammed.

The next day, police believe the same man stole an e-bike from an Indian restaurant on the service road of the Van Wyck Expressway.

When the owner of the bike gave chase, the thief turned to fire a shot at his pursuer. The shot went astray.

Later that night, a 53-year-old man walking on 87th Avenue and 143rd Street in Briarwood was robbed by a man with a firearm.

The gunman took $7,000 in cash and a cellphone, police said.

The gunman is described as a black male last seen wearing a white shirt, blue jean shorts, black socks and black Nike sandals.

He has also been seen in other surveillance videos wearing a Sonics basketball jersey.

Anyone with information on the incidents is asked to call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1 (800) 577-TIPS (8477).

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