Shots At Bridge Ring In New Year
A mother and two men – who may have confetti for brains – were arrested on New Year’s Day after the men allegedly fired more than a dozen shots towards motorists on the Cross Bay Bridge.
Police recovered three guns, ammunition, and the woman’s 8-year-old son from the apartment where they say the shots were fired.
Officer John Bellico, on patrol near Beach Channel High School, heard the gunfire ring out just minutes after the start of 2005 and tracked the blasts to a seventh floor apartment in the Bay Towers building at 319 Beach 98 Street, according to court records.
Bellico entered the building with a sergeant and another officer. Just as they were poised to knock on the door of apartment 7J, they heard 10 more shots fired from inside, according to a police source.
The bullets were fired towards the Cross Bay Bridge, which had motor vehicle traffic on it, according to police depositions.
After gaining entry to the apartment, police arrested the mother, Jeavon U. Chapman, 28, who lives in the apartment with her 8-year-old son, and two Rockaway Beach men, Michael Anderson, 22, and Antoine R. Mack, 26.
Officers recovered three handguns and found 18 spent rounds littering the apartment balcony, two on the ground below and an empty 9mm magazine hidden behind a broken television set inside.
Police said Anderson also had a spent 9mm round in one of his pants pockets. They recovered ammo for the other guns in a bedroom.
Police also found Chapman’s 8-year-old son, whose name is being withheld. Officers told prosecutors that the boy’s “mental, physical and moral welfare” were harmed by the incident, according to Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown’s office. It was unclear if the boy was taken into custody at press time; Chapman’s attorney could not be reached.
Each of the adults is charged with three counts of second-degree criminal weapons possession, first degree reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child. They were arraigned in Queens Criminal Court on January 2, where bail was set at $10,000 for Chapman and $25,000 each for the men. They are due back in court on January 19.