2002-11-09 / Front Page

Two Shootings Mar Halloween

By Howard Schwach

By Howard Schwach

Two shootings approximately 2 and one-half hours apart jolted the hopes of a safe and sane Halloween evening in Far Rockaway.

According to Police Officer Jennara Everleth, a spokesperson for the NYPD, the first shooting took place at about 5:30 p.m., in front of 22-10 Camp Road.

According to police, Mfadhili Campbell, 22, who lives in central Queens, was leaning on a car in front of that location when an argument between a number of young men broke out. When Campbell went to the assistance of one of the men involved in the argument, he was reportedly shot several times in the abdomen and shoulder.

Campbell was taken to Jamaica Hospital, where at press time he remains in critical but stable condition.

The following day, Detectives from the 101 Squad arrested Osbourne Henriques, 24, for the shooting. He was charged with attempted murder and assault in the first degree.

The second, unrelated shooting took place at 10:07 p.m. at Loretta Road and Beach 22 Street.

According to police sources, William Witcher, 22 of Redfern Avenue, was shot once in the leg when he and the unidentified shooter got into an argument over an egg-throwing incident.

The argument escalated and the shooter shot three times. Witcher was carried to the corner of Beach 22 Street and Mott Avenue by Anthony Johnson, 22, seeking medical assistance.

Witcher was transported to Jamaica Hospital, where he was treated and released. Johnson was transported to St. John’s Hospital and was treated for a laceration to his back before he was released.

Johnson was later arrested on two open warrants.

While detectives were canvassing for the shooter, they came upon two men who fit the description of the shooter. While neither is any longer a suspect in the shooting, one of them was found to have in his possession a loaded .38 caliber handgun and he was arrested on weapons charges.

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