Two Murdered, One Wounded
Three more incidents of gun violence in the 101 Precinct have added to a growing total of criminal activity and death involving handguns in the east end of the Peninsula.
On Thursday, July 24, at about 5:30 p.m., an unidentified 19-year-old man was shot once in the leg in an attempted robbery at 22-11 Brookhaven Avenue in Far Rockaway. According to police sources, the man was shot by one of two young men who asked him for money and then shot him.
The wounded man was taken to Jamaica Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition.
The two men fled the scene. On Tuesday, July 29, however, one of the suspects was spotted nearby 51-24 Beach Channel Drive, in the OceanBay Houses. After a short chase, the suspect disappeared into that building. Police surrounded the building and brought in the emergency service unit as well as aviation and K-9 units to do a vertical search of the building. The suspect’s red shirt was found on the sixth floor, leading police to believe that he may have changed his clothing to avoid capture.
At approximately 5:23 p.m., however police reported that they had Shameek Carter, 17, of 51-24 Beach Channel Drive in custody. Police say that Carter often uses the street names "Ta-ta" and "Tah-Cookie." He was arrested for assault in the first degree and robbery in the first degree.
The Queens District Attorney has not yet brought Carter up for indictment.
On Monday, July 28, at 6:30 p.m., police officers from the 101 Precinct responded to a call of a "push-in robbery in progress," at 319 Beach 54 Street, in the Oceanside Houses.
An unidentified woman at that address told police that two men knocked on her door and said that they worked for the New York City Housing Authority. When the victim opened the door to look at their identification, one of the men pulled a handgun and the two men forced their way into the apartment.
The two took money from the victim and fled the scene.
Nobody was injured in the incident, and detectives from the 101 Precinct Detective Squad are investigating.
The violence escalated on Wednesday, July 30, at approximately 1:16 a.m., when two men driving a black automobile on Gateway Boulevard in Far Rockaway were killed by an unidentified shooter.
According to police sources, the Lexus in which the two men were driving was slowing for a stop sign in front of 14-20 Gateway Boulevard when a man in his 20’s, who was standing on the street, started to shoot into the car, hitting both men.
The car’s passenger, identified by police as Rudolph Michelle, 33, was declared dead at the scene by EMS workers. The driver, identified as Shonnon Day, 32, was transported to St. John’s Hospital in Far Rockaway, where he expired.
The shooter remains unidentified by police. Police sources told The Wave that both Michelle and Shonnon "had extensive criminal records."
Police say that they believe the shootings were "drug related." At press time, however, they had no suspects. Detectives from the 101 Precinct Squad and from the Queens Homicide Squad are investigating.