1999-10-23 / Front Page

RDRC Employee Shot 3 Times

By Joan Ward George

Raymond McCoy, an employee of the Reverend Mason Center program, sponsored by the Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation, was shot three times in the back by an unknown assailant as he was on his way home from his shift at the center at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. McCoy’s shooting follows on the heels of several reported shootings and drug operations that have occurred in the past several months between Beach 54 street and Beach 56 street.

McCoy, 27, of Beach 15 street, reportedly was walking eastbound on Beach Channel drive in front of 55-05 Beach Channel drive, at which time he was shot at close range from behind by a bicyclist, who immediately fled the scene. A witness to the shooting reported to police, who were canvassing the area after the shooting, that the perp was a black male, wearing all gray, and that he took off eastbound on Beach Channel drive riding his bicycle.

McCoy was transported by Emergency Medical Services to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center.

Co-workers at The Reverend Mason Center told The Wave Thursday that McCoy had worked there as a program aide for the past six years. A spokesperson explained that McCoy had just left the center at approximately 8:30 p.m. and was on his way home. It was not known at press time if he was walking home or walking in the direction of a bus stop, or train station at the time of the shooting.

Fellow Rev. Mason Center employees were with him Wednesday night at Jamaica Hospital when he was taken into surgery. His prognosis was still listed as critical as The Wave went to press Thursday.

A vehicle checkpoint was conducted in the area for possible additional witnesses and a vertical patrol of Arverne and Edgemere Houses was conducted. One possible suspect was taken into custody by the Anti-Crime Unit at Beach 42 street and Beach Channel drive, but no arrest was made.

Anyone with any information that may lead to the apprehension of McCoy’s assailant is asked to call Detective Savine at the 101 Precinct Detective Squad at 868-3429.

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