2003-05-30 / Front Page

Rising Crime Totals: 2 New Shootings

By Howard Schwach
Rising Crime Totals: 2 New Shootings By Howard Schwach

Rising Crime Totals:
2 New Shootings


A growing memorial at the corner of Heyson Road and Beach 14 Street to the memory of Edwin DeJesus, a Jamaica man who was killed at that location last Saturday. Photo by Miriam Rosenberg.A growing memorial at the corner of Heyson Road and Beach 14 Street to the memory of Edwin DeJesus, a Jamaica man who was killed at that location last Saturday. Photo by Miriam Rosenberg.

Two more shootings in Far Rockaway at the beginning of the Memorial Day weekend added to the rising toll of gun violence in the Rockaway community and left a Jamaica man dead and a Brooklyn man wounded.

These two shootings add to the total of major crimes committed in Rockaway in the past few months.

On March 17, a man was shot three times at the Ocean Bay Apartments in Arverne.

On March 28, a man was murdered at Beach 14 Street in Far Rockaway.

On April 26, a woman was raped in Arverne.

On May 2, there was a bank robbery on Beach 129 Street.

On May 17, a man was shot on Dwight Avenue in Bayswater.

On May 19, a 15-year-old youth was shot at Beach 63 Street in Arverne.

Most recently, a 20-year-old man was shot once in the head in front of 31-07 Dwight Avenue in Bayswater and another man was shot and killed at Heyson Road and Beach 14 Street in Far Rockaway.

In the first incident, police officers from the 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway responded to a radio run of "shots fired" at 31-07 Dwight Avenue at about 10:04 p.m. on Friday, May 23.

They found Michael Wilson, 20, of Linden Boulevard in Brooklyn shot once in the left temple in what police are terming a "grazing shot."

Witnesses told police that they heard at least eight shots and that the unknown shooter fled towards Bays­water Park in a vehicle.

Police from the Emergency Service Unit searched the area and found five shell casings as well as one spent shell lodged in a parked car nearby the shooting.

Although police flooded the scene and checked vehicles in the area, no suspects have been identified.

In the second shooting, which occurred about 4:18 a.m. on Saturday, May 24, at Heyson Road and Beach 14 Street, police responding to a call of "male shot" found Edwin DeJesus, 31, of Hillside Avenue in Jamaica, with several gunshot wounds to his abdomen.

DeJesus was taken by EMS ambulance to St. John’s Hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival.

Several shell casings were found at the scene.

Detectives from the 101 Squad are investigating both shootings, but police officials did not want to conjecture on why shooting incidents have risen in the Far Rockaway community over the past few months.

Last year, the 101 Precinct was celebrated for the deepest drop in crime of any precinct in the city.


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