2003-06-06 / Front Page

Gun Violence Escalates

Gun Violence Escalates

Right on the heels of two shootings over the Memorial Day weekend, two Rockaway men where shot last weekend on Rockaway streets.

The two shootings bring the total to eight since March 15, when gun violence in Times Square in Manhattan involving Rockaway residents took eight shooting victims to the hospital.

While police refuse to speculate on whether the Rockaway shootings are related in any way to each other or to the Manhattan shootings, there seems to many local officials that there are too many similarities for all of them to be coincidence.

In the most recent shootings, two Rockaway men were shot in separate incidents about a day apart.

According to police sources, on Saturday, May 31, at approximately 12:58 a.m., on the side of 84-12 Rockaway Beach Boulevard in Hammels, Supreme Favor, 23, was shot once in the abdomen by an unknown assailant. He was taken by EMS ambulance to Jamaica Hospital, where he remains in stable condition.

On Sunday afternoon, June 1, at approximately 6:15 p.m., Rodney Maisonette was walking his dog when he was shot in the leg, reportedly by a stray shot. His dog also suffered minor injuries from the shot.

Both Maisonette and his dog are reported in stable condition by officials at Peninsula Hospital Center.

Police and detectives from the 100 Precinct are investigating both shootings but no suspects have been arrested in either.

The other unsolved shootings took place earlier in the year. On March 17, a man was shot at the Ocean Bay Apartments; on March 28, a man was murdered at Beach 14 Street; on May 17, a man was shot at Dwight Avenue; on May 19, a man was shot at Beach 63 Street; on May 23, another man was shot at Dwight Avenue and, on May 24, a man was shot at Heyson Road.

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