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Cops, Wave Get Their Man

McDonald's Shooter Caught By CRIMESTOPPER Tip
by Joan Ward George

Spencer Preston, who was the subject of a recent "Most Wanted" column in The Wave was apprehended by Detective Savine of the 100 Precinct Detective Squad last weekend thanks to a tip received by CRIMESTOPPERS.

Spencer was found in an Edgemere apartment where he was on the lam, and aware that he was being sought as a suspect in the May shooting at the Far Rockaway McDonald’s Restaurant. Two young sisters, ages 11 and 14, along with a 19 man who police believe to be the actual target of the gunfire, were shot while waiting for at a corner bus stop.

According to authorities, the two girls were standing on the sidewalk near the bus stop when the unidentified shooter walked out of McDonald’s and opened fire on the corner of Mott avenue and Beach Channel drive.

Police believe that Preston got into a fracas with Devon Toliver while inside the fast food joint and that Preston followed his alleged victim out onto the street spraying bullets in the path of his target.

Toliver, who is said to have been arguing with the perp minutes before the shooting incident was the most seriously injured in the attack. He was transported to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in critical condition.

Detective Savine has charged Spencer with assault on the two young girls and with the attempted murder of Toliver. As The Wave went to press Thursday, Spencer was in custody and awaiting a trial date.

Spencer’s apprehension marks nearly the 70th such successful operations under the "Most Wanted Fugitives From Justice" program, continued each week as a cooperative effort of both the 100 and the 101 Precincts, NYPD CRIMESTOPPERS and The Wave.

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