2003-07-18 / Front Page

NYPD: Four Shootings Are 'Gang Related'

By Howard Schwach
NYPD: Four Shootings Are 'Gang Related'

NYPD: Four Shootings Are 'Gang Related'


Eric Scarbrough, who allegedly fired a few shots at police officers responding to a "shots fired" call at 54-49 Almeda Avenue, is brought into the 100 Precinct on July 11. Scarbrough is being held without bail on charges of attempted murder, criminal possession of a weapon and assault.Eric Scarbrough, who allegedly fired a few shots at police officers responding to a "shots fired" call at 54-49 Almeda Avenue, is brought into the 100 Precinct on July 11. Scarbrough is being held without bail on charges of attempted murder, criminal possession of a weapon and assault.

Four Rockaway men were shot in two separate incidents last week and several shots were fired at police officers responding to the scene.

At about 12:30 p.m. on July 12, Police Officers Thomas Marrone and Larnell Johnson of the 100 Precinct, on foot patrol at the Hammel Houses, responded to a call of shots fired outside of 84-16 Beach Channel Drive.

According to sources at the office of the NYPD's Deputy Inspector For Public Information (DCPI), the two spotted a man on a bicycle firing at a group of men.

The man fired at least three shots at the responding patrolmen, according to DCPI. The officers reportedly did not return fire. Marrone says in his deposition that he ran towards Scarbrough, yelling "Police, do not move."

The officers put a call over the police network and two other officers, PO's Feldman and Martin of the 100 Precinct, arrested Eric Scarborough, 23, at Beach 80 Street and Beach Channel Drive.

Kareem Oliphant said that he and Scarbrough were having a "verbal dispute," at 54-49 Almeda Avenue, when Scarbrough pulled a small handgun. According to Oliphant, Scarbrough hit him in the head with the gun and then fired a shot, hitting him on the arm. Oliphant used private transportation to get to St. John's Hospital in Far Rockaway.

According to police, Scarborough, who lives on Almeda Avenue, is known to be a member of The Bloods.

Police checking the scene of the shooting found Rodney Smalls, 21, of 82-01 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, shot once. Onlookers reported that Smalls was one of the shooters, and he was arrested as well.

Two other men were slightly injured as well. They are Jason Moorer and Raquan Wilson, both of whom are believed to be gang members.

Rodney Maisonette, 26, of 84-12 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, was arrested as well for firing a gun into a crowd, hitting Smalls on the right arm and left leg.

According to a spokesperson for the Queens District Attorney, Maisonette has been charged with attempted murder in the second degree, criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, assault in the second degree and reckless endangerment in the first degree. At his indictment, bail was set by Judge Fernando Camacho in the amount of $500,000. His next hearing will be on July 30.

Smalls has been charged with attempted murder in the second degree, criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree and reckless endangerment in the first degree. He remains in the hospital with a gunshot wound to the right arm and left leg. The shots were allegedly fired by Maisonette.

Scarbrough, the man who allegedly fired shots at the police officers, was been arraigned on July 13. He was charged with police with attempted murder in the first degree, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment in the first degree, assault in the second degree and criminal possession of a weapon. He was remanded by Judge Fernando without bail. His next hearing date is July 28.

Moorer, who was slightly wounded, was charged by the District Attorney with criminal mischief in the first degree, criminal trespass in the second degree and burglary in the second degree. He was released on his own recognizance.

All of the men who were shot are expected to recover from their wounds.

Detectives from both the 100 and 101 Precinct Squads are investigating.


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