1999-10-23 / Front Page

Teen Shot With Pellet Gun

Transit Cops Make Quick Arrest

By Joan Ward George

Jeffrey Ortiz, 18, of 319 Beach 98 street was arrested last Friday afternoon after admitting to Transit Police detectives that he had fired a pellet gun out of his apartment’s second story window at approximately 2:45 p.m. A 17 year old Brooklyn teen was hit in the neck and back with two pellets allegedly fired by Ortiz and received minor injuries.

The victim, who was standing in the mezzanine of the Playland A Train station when hit with the pellets told transit police school officers Robert DelPrete and Iris Rodriquez that he had been wounded and pointed to the location where he believed the gun to have been shot from.

Within minutes Transit Police Sgt. Joseph Dunn and Detective Thomas Speed responded to the apartment where the pellets were allegedly fired. They were met at apartment 2E by a male identified as Ortiz, who first denied knowing anything about the shooting. According to police, Ortiz did willing let the officers inside the apartment to look around. He also reportedly admitted to having a pellet gun in the apartment when asked by police.

Ortiz accompanied the officers to the 100 Precinct to discuss the incident. After being advised of his rights, Ortiz is reported to have made incriminating statements to Detective Speed, implicating himself in the crime.

Ortiz was placed under arrest and charged with assault 2, reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon.

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