2004-08-13 / Front Page

Teen Admits Killing One, Wounding Others

The Far Rockaway teenager charged with killing one man and wounding five others late last month admitted he fired on the crowd and dumped his handgun into Jamaica Bay as he fled on the ‘A’ Train, according to prosecutors.

Jamil Rosario, 16, of 56-10 Beach Channel Drive, opened fire on the corner of Beach Channel Drive and Beach 43 Street on the night of July 31, striking 23-year-old Kevin McPhaul in the pelvis and five other teenagers in their arms and legs, according to police. McPhaul, who recently became engaged to marry, was killed.

Police said the gunfire rang out after a housing project turf battle erupted near Bayswater Park. More than 1,000 people were drawn to the area for two community celebrations, according to police.

Rosario, an alleged gang member, is charged with second degree murder, second degree attempted murder, first degree assault, criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment. He was held without bail at his arraignment and faces up to 25 years to life in prison if convicted.

Rosario said at his arraignment that someone else handed him the gun, prosecutors said. His attorney, Steven Brill, who told the New York Post that his client acted in self-defense, did not return calls for comment.

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