2005-04-29 / Front Page

Race With Death: Son Drives Dying Dad To PHC

By Howard Schwach


In a race with death, a fifteen-year-old Far Rockaway youth drove his dying father to the hospital after the father was shot twice in the chest by an unknown gunman.

The Far Rockaway man was fatally shot at the corner of Beach Channel Drive and Beach 54 Street on Wednesday afternoon and was declared dead on arrival at the Peninsula Hospital Center, police say.

Police responding to a call of “shots fired” from an apartment at 410 Beach 54 Street and another of “Male shot in the emergency room” quickly responded to Peninsula Hospital, located at 51-15 Beach Channel Drive, and found Carl Murray, 35, of 333 Beach 32 Street in Far Rockaway, with two gunshots to his chest.

Police say that Murray was sitting in his 2004 blue BMW with his two sons, 15 and 7 years of age, when a man came to the front of the car and used a semi-automatic pistol to fire five shots through the windshield. The 15-year-old drove his dying father to the emergency room, only blocks away.

The two youths were transported to the 101 Precinct for questioning.

The original “shots fired” call came into the 911 system at 5:06 p.m. Murray was declared dead at 6:12 p.m.

The gunman, who remains unidentified at press time, was said by police to be a black male in his 20’s.

Police called a Level I Mobilization, which brought dozens of police from the Queens South Task Force to the area. Those cops were used for vertical searches in all of the buildings in the Ocean Bay Houses complex. Aviation was called to check the rooftops of the buildings for suspects.

Police sources say that two .380 caliber shell casings and a spent round were found at the crime scene.

Detectives from the 101 Squad are investigating, but there are no reported suspects to the homicide at press time.

Police sources declined to speculate on a motive for the shooting, but neighborhood sources said that Murray had a troubled past.

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