2004-12-03 / Front Page

Shots Fired On Beach 97 Street Lead To Gun, Drug Bust

Police Officer Kahlil Ragab carries a semi-automatic rifle from 189 Beach 96 Street.Police Officer Kahlil Ragab carries a semi-automatic rifle from 189 Beach 96 Street.

Supervisors and three 100 Precinct anti-crime unit cops responded quickly at 5:48 p.m. on Tuesday evening when they heard several shots from the vicinity of Beach 97 Street and Shore Front Parkway, leading to the arrest of two Rockaway men on gun and drug charges.

Lieutenant Derrick Corrado, and Sergeant Joseph Cerrato, along with police officers John Ripp, Kahlil Raghab and John Bellico, all assigned to the precinct’s anti-crime unit, heard numerous shots coming from the area at the same time that the 911 communications system logged a number of calls from civilians reporting the shots.

Captain Paul Piekarski, the commanding officer of the 100 Precinct, Police Officer Kahlil Ragab, Sergent Stamm and Police Officer John Bellico, the arresting officer, pose with some of the guns and drugs found on Beach 96 Street.
Captain Paul Piekarski, the commanding officer of the 100 Precinct, Police Officer Kahlil Ragab, Sergent Stamm and Police Officer John Bellico, the arresting officer, pose with some of the guns and drugs found on Beach 96 Street. The anti-crime cops rushed to the scene of the shots and found an unnamed witness on Shore Front Parkway who told them that a young man had fled north on Beach 96 Street with a rifle and had run into 189 Beach 96 Street, a three-floor, single-room occupancy apartment building.

At the same time, other cops responding to the scene found seven spent shells at Beach 95 Street and the boardwalk.

A crime scene was established and an entire four-block area from Rockaway Beach Boulevard to Shore Front Parkway and from Beach 93 Street to Beach 97 Street was blocked off by units from the Queens South Task Force responding to a Level I Mobilization.

The NYPD’s Emergency Service Unit (ESU), along with its Aviation and K-9 Units were called to the scene to search for both possible victims and the perpetrators.

At 6:08 p.m., two men, one fitting the description of the shooter, walked out of the Beach 96 Street building. The anti-crime officers stopped the two men for questioning.

They were later identified as Mulazim Woods, who just turned 23 and Michael Stewart, 20.

Stewart, who lives on the third floor of the building, was found to have a quantity of crack cocaine in his possession.

Police officers from the Emergency Services Unit, concerned that there may have been victims in need of medical assistance or weapons in the building, did a sweep of the building, forcibly entering Apartment six, where the two men reportedly lived, In the apartment they found in plain sight a sawed-off nine millimeter rifle and a loaded 30-round magazine with shells matching those found earlier on the boardwalk.

A search warrant was obtained and a search of the apartment was conducted. A Keltec .233 caliber gun with approximately 1,000 rounds of ammunition was recovered in the search as was drug paraphernalia and a quantity of marijuana and cocaine.

Law enforcement officers told The Wave that there was an Iranian Flag hung in the apartment along with myriad newspaper clippings about police officers who were shot.

A spokeswoman for District Attorney Richard Brown said that Woods has been charged with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon, one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance and one count of possession of marijuana. Stewart has been charged with one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance and one count of possession of Marijuana. Both face jail terms of more than 15 years if they are convicted of all charges.

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