2004-08-06 / Front Page

Police Arrest Teen For Arverne Multiple Shooting

By Howard Schwach


The father of one of the young girls shot in the rampage on Beach Channel Drive talks to police before going through police lines to the ambulance where his daughter was being treated.
The father of one of the young girls shot in the rampage on Beach Channel Drive talks to police before going through police lines to the ambulance where his daughter was being treated. Detectives from the 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway have arrested a local youth for the multiple shooting in Arverne last Saturday night that left one man dead and five teens wounded and in the hospital.

Police sources say that they arrested Jamil Rosario, 16, of 56-10 Beach Channel Drive, Arverne for the murder of Kevin McPhaul, 23, of 433 Beach 40 Street and the wounding of Desiree Mitchell, 15; Sebastian Johnson, 14; Shandale Bradford, 16 and two other unidentified teenage victims who were 13 and 14 years of age respectively.

The detritus of a shooting sits on the sidewalk on Beach Channel Drive and Beach 43 Street. Police found at least a dozen spent shells at the scene. 
Photos by Susan B. Locke
The detritus of a shooting sits on the sidewalk on Beach Channel Drive and Beach 43 Street. Police found at least a dozen spent shells at the scene. Photos by Susan B. Locke Police and eyewitnesses say that the shooting had its genesis in two community parties that were going on in close proximity on Saturday evening.

The Beach 41 Street Houses was holding its annual “Family and Friends Day” at the same time that a number of local organizations and activists were hosting “The Function At The Junction.” The latter event, held annually at Bayswater Park, Bay 32 Street and Beach Channel Drive, is designed to bring back those Rockaway residents who have moved away from the peninsula.

Jamil Rosario, who is being charged with the murder of Kevin McPhaul and the shooting of five others, is taken from the 101 Precinct late on Wednesday night.
Jamil Rosario, who is being charged with the murder of Kevin McPhaul and the shooting of five others, is taken from the 101 Precinct late on Wednesday night. As the Beach 41 Street party began to break up at 7:45 p.m., police say, many of the people at that party moved to Bay 32 and the Bayswater Park party.

Sources told The Wave that there were in excess of 1,200 people at Bayswater Park early in the evening.

And, while police were not sure at press time, it appears that a dispute broke out between groups of youths at the party.

Some local residents say that the dispute was a renewal of an old battle between two local housing projects– Ocean Village and Ocean Bay Houses. That dispute has caused a number of extremely violent events in the past, including a Manhattan shoot-out that left a number of people dead.

Others, however, blame the dispute on the deadly animosity between two organized and violent gangs–The Bloods and The Crips.

A small detachment of police was moving people off the street nearby Beach 43 Street and Beach Channel Drive at 8:11 p.m. when at least a dozen shots rang out, causing many young people to crowd the local stores, seeking a safe haven.

When the smoke cleared, six people lay in the street.

Kevin McPhaul, 23, was shot once in the pelvis. He was declared dead a short time later at Peninsula Hospital Center. According to a family source, McPhaul, who had come to Rockaway to live with his grandmother after his grandfather’s death four years ago, was on his way to a grocery store to get her some tomato sauce when he walked into the gunfire.

An unidentified 13 year old female was shot once in the leg; Desiree Mitchell, 15, was shot in the left thigh and the bullet migrated into her buttocks; Sebastian Johnson was shot once in his right ankle; an unidentified female, 14, was shot once in the shoulder and Shandale Bradford, 16, was shot once in the right forearm.

At press time, police declined to provide a motive for the shooting.

Rosario is charged with 1 count of murder, 5 counts of attempted murder, 5 counts of assault, 5 counts of reckless endangerment and 2 counts of criminal possession of a weapon.

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