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Two Shot in Separate Incidents

By Howard Schwach
Two Shot in Separate Incidents

Two Shot in Separate Incidents
By Howard Schwach

Two men were shot on Rockaway streets over the past week in separate incidents. Both of the shooting victims remain unidentified by police.

In the first incident, which occurred at about 2:50 a.m. on Saturday, May 17, a 21-year-old man was shot twice at Dix Avenue in Far Rockaway, once in the back and once in the chest. Police sources say that earlier in the evening, the victim was seen in a dispute with another man, but that person remains unidentified.

The victim was taken to Jamaica Hospital, where he remains in stable condition, according to hospital sources.

Detectives of the 101 Squad are investigating, but have no suspects in the shooting.

In the second incident, which took place at 7:47 p.m. on Monday, May 19, an unidentified 15-year-old youth was shot once in the back after he and his friends had a dispute with another group of teenagers in front of 431 Beach 63 Street.

"It started out as a simple fight between the victim and his friends and another group of kids," one police officer said. "When one of the kids in the other group pulled a gun, everybody started running, but the victim was shot in the back."

Police officers responding to the scene sent out a description of the four youths involved in the shooting.

Right after the shooting was put over the police radio, another radio motor patrol car responding to the scene spotted a group of four teenagers (two boys and two girls) matching the description that had been provided by the victim a few blocks away. They were quickly stopped and questioned.

Arrested at the scene by officers of the 100 Precinct was Virgil Johnson, 18, of Beach 54 Street in Arverne.

He was charged with Assault in the First Degree and Criminal Possession of a Weapon Second Degree.

A spokesperson for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said that Johnson was arraigned on Wednesday on charges of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, Assault in the First Degree and Reckless Endangerment in the First Degree. No date has yet been set for Johnson's next hearing.

No weapon was recovered at the scene.

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