2005-02-18 / Community

Police Investigate Three Shootings

Police in Far Rockaway are investigating three separate shooting incidents that left one family worried for their safety after a bullet tore through their apartment and two men hospitalized, a law enforcement source said.

In the first incident, a single shot tore through the second floor apartment at 29-47 Falcon Avenue, which was occupied by a family, including young children.

Latoya Williams, who was inside the first floor apartment, told police she saw a red Dodge van drive away after the shot rang out.

The bullet came through a window, and hit the ceiling and cabinet in the kitchen.

It was the second time police had been to that address that day. Earlier, Marzel Lawson and Henry Morris – acquaintances of Williams’ – had a verbal dispute on the stoop. It was not clear if the shooting incident and the earlier argument were connected.

No arrests were made, but police recovered four shell casings from the scene.

In another incident, 26-year-old Gerald Gibson was shot on the walkway near 51-32 Beach Channel Drive at about 12:30 a.m. last Sunday morning. Gibson sustained bullet wounds to his chest, leg, and buttocks and was transported to Jamaica Hospital for surgery. Police found 9mm shell casings, and bags of crack cocaine and marijuana at the scene. Officers canvassed the area, but at press time no arrests had been made.

Another shooting Monday morning left Jermaine Plater, 22, with a graze wound to his cheek after an argument with another male.

Police responded to 40-20 Beach Channel Drive at about 8:45 a.m. and found Plater, who was described as uncooperative. It was unclear what sparked the argument with the male gunman, who fled on foot.

Police searched for a suspect but no arrest was made. Plater was taken to Peninsula Hospital Center.

Detectives from the 101 Precinct are investigating all three unrelated incidents. They asked anyone with information to call (718) 868-3400.

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