2001-04-28 / Front Page



Most Wanted & ‘Armed & Dangerous’

By Joan Ward George

A 20 year-old resident of the Hammels Housing Development was murdered Sunday evening while in front of a small bodega on the corner of Beach 86 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard. Detectives from the 100 Precinct are looking to nab Shatell Spurgeon, also a Hammels resident, as the man they believe to be the murderer.

Spurgeon, 20, is well-known to the 100 Precinct, and has several arrests to his credit. He has also served time in prison and, according to police, was just released from parole sometime last year.

According to witnesses to the homicide, Spurgeon was involved in a verbal altercation with a young man outside of the bodega just before 9:30 p.m. The man who had argued with Spurgeon just minutes before entered his car which was parked on the corner and pulled away with another young man in his driver’s seat. Police say it was then that Spurgeon allegedly fired a shot into the car through the back window, hitting the passenger in the side of his head. Spurgeon then fled the scene.

The driver reportedly drove immediately to Peninsula Hospital Center where doctors worked on Rockaway’s latest gunshot victim for more than two hours. The victim was pronounced dead at the hospital at 12:15 a.m., Monday, April 23.

Spurgeon is described by police as a 20 year-old Black male, 5’10", 185 lbs, with black hair and brown eyes. His last known address is the Hammels Housing Development, where he lived with his family.

Police seriously caution anyone who spots Spurgeon not to approach him as he should be considered armed and dangerous.

Detectives from the 100 Precinct do not believe that Spurgeon has fled New York and have added him to their "Most Wanted" Fugitive From Justice list. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call Detective Mike Verna at the 100 Precinct detective squad at 718-318-4223, the Detective Borough Queens 24-Hour #718-520-9200, or the CRIMESTOPPERS Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS. Refer to case #450/01. Information leading to the arrest or indictment of Spurgeon, or any other of the precinct’s "Most Wanted" fugitives, can lead to a reward of up to $2,000 and you don’t have to reveal your identity to help solve the crime. Your reward will be available by a code system, and you won’t even have to give your name to claim it. All suspects are to be considered innocent until convicted in court.

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