2004-05-07 / Front Page

Police Look For Lead In Boardwalk Double-Shooting

Police Look For Lead In Boardwalk Double-Shooting

Investigators are having a tough time piecing together a Far Rockaway double-shooting mystery because one victim sustained severe head injuries and the other is uncooperative, according to a police source.

The police now seem sure that Everette Downs, 23, and Mark Rowe, 33, of Springfield Gardens and Rosedale respectively, were shot just before 10:30 p.m. on the boardwalk around Beach 38 Street in the same incident. At first, it was not clear if the two shootings, which were reported to police separately, were connected.

Downs, who was shot one time in the arm, walked to St. John’s Episcopal Hospital on Beach 20 Street, leaving Rowe behind. Hospital staff notified police, who responded to the emergency room, but Downs would not cooperate with their interview, police said.

Ten minutes later 911 dispatchers got a report of an unconscious male on Beach 38 Street. Officers found Rowe unconscious with bullet wounds to his head and torso. He was taken to Jamaica Hospital in critical condition.

Investigators want to know who the men were with and what they were doing in one of the peninsula’s most desolate areas – an area trafficked by drug dealers and prostitutes.

The tightlipped human target, Downs, has a history of alleged criminal activity. Court records show that he was arrested late last summer and charged with robbery, burglary, grand larceny and criminal mischief. He was recently indicted and was due in court this week, according to Nicole Navas, a spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown.

Rowe was arrested in Queens back in 2002. Those charges were dismissed and the records sealed.

The double-shooting sparked a full mobilization of police in the 101 Precinct as cops combed the area for a suspect and evidence. The NYPD Aviation and Emergency Service Units participated in the hunt, but so far, no arrests have been made.

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