2005-08-25 / Front Page

Far Rockaway Looks Like ‘Wild West’ At End Of Summer

A spate of six separate and unrelated shooting incidents has marred the last few weeks of summer in Rockaway’s 101 Precinct.

In the majority of the incidents, which began on August 10 and ended on Tuesday of this week, nobody was injured. In only two of the six incidents was anybody shot and both men were shot in the leg.

In the first incident, on Wednesday, August 10, at Beach 54 Street and Beach Channel Drive in the Ocean Bay Houses, approximately 20 shots were fired. A number of cars were damaged by the gunfire.

“There have been five days of gunfire,” a resident of Ocean Bay Houses who asked not to be identified told The Wave. “You can’t live in Beirut.”

The resident, who plans on moving to New Jersey to get away from the gun violence, said that the shooters were wearing white T-shirts and that “they all go scurrying like rats when the police come around.”

“Anybody who is caught with a gun should be evicted,” he added. “Why can’t the police handle a couple of punks?”

On Tuesday, August 16, police say, at about 10:25 p.m. at 22-88 Mott Avenue in Bayswater, an unidentified shooter got off four 22-caliber rounds that broke the rear window of a parked car in front of that address.

On Friday, August 19, a teenager was shot in the leg by an alleged gunman known by the street name “Fresh,” police said.

The 17-year-old unidentified victim was standing on Dix Avenue at about 11:25 p.m., when a 21-year-old Hispanic man fired about 10 shots at him, according to police records. He was hit in the lower right leg and taken to St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition. Police recovered several shell casings in front of 22-59 Dix Avenue, but no arrests have been made.

The last two shooting incidents occurred on Tuesday, August 23.

Police records show that just before 1 a.m. 27 rounds were discharged at the corner of Beach 31 Street and Seagirt Boulevard in Edgemere.

While nobody was hit, there was damage to the windows of a number of cars that were parked nearby.

At about 10:40 p.m. that evening, police say, two teenagers were arrested for firing their guns at another teen during an argument at McBride Street and Dix Avenue.

The suspects, Kamell Taylor and an unidentified 15-year-old got into an argument with another teen. Both of the suspects reportedly pulled guns and began to shoot at the unidentified victim without hitting him. The 15-year-old then reportedly held a gun to the victim’s head and cursed at him. Police responding to the call arrested the two teens.

Taylor was charged with menacing and the 15-year-old with attempted murder, according to a spokesperson for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.

The two teens involved in the last incident were the only ones arrested in any of the six shooting events over the past two weeks.

Detectives from the 101 Precinct Squad are investigating all of the incidents.

On Sunday, August 21, police responded to a call of a man shot at 40-20 Beach Channel Drive. On the ninth floor they found Charles Jackson, 20, lying in front of an elevator with a gunshot wound in his leg. Jackson was taken to Jamaica Hospital where he was operated on.

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