2003-11-21 / Front Page

Teen Shot By ‘Best Friend’ Dies

By Brian Magoolaghan
Teen Shot By ‘Best Friend’ Dies By Brian Magoolaghan

A teenager who was in critical condition after being shot in the head by his friend during an argument with others on Sunday evening has died, police said.

A pool of blood and a large piece of 17-year-old Jonathan Rhodes’ brain matter was left spattered in front of the steps to 337 Beach 67 Street Monday; at the time police said his prognosis was grim. On Wednesday, police said Rhodes died at Peninsula Hospital that afternoon.

Meanwhile, the district attorney’s office is investigating to see how the shooting happened. Police said there were several people outside the house when 18-year-old Brian Reese, who lives in the second floor apartment, fired his handgun. Rhodes, who was struck by the bullet in his left temple, was not the intended target, according to court documents.

Reese’s attorney, Charles Pringle, said his client and Rhodes were "best friends."

Police from the 100 Precinct arrested Reese on Sunday. Before Rhodes died Reese was charged with second degree attempted murder, first degree assault, criminal weapons possession, reckless endangerment, and criminal possession of a controlled substance. Those charges could now change, according to a spokesperson for the district attorney.

Police, who obtained a search warrant, said they found cocaine, guns, and boxes of ammunition in Reese’s bedroom closet.

Queens Criminal Court Judge Steven Zayas denied Reese bail at his arraignment on Tuesday. His next court date is on December 3.

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