Vengeance Sparks Ocean Bay Shooting
Kadeem Bailey, 16, a.k.a. Kadeem Smalls, who also goes by the street name “Black,” was shot once in the head in front of 439 Beach 54 Street at about 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The other victim, Lamar Clarke, 23, was shot once in his left leg and is in stable condition at Jamaica Hospital.
Smalls was the lead suspect in a shooting incident at Ocean Bay last week and Clarke was suspected of also playing a role, police said.
Last Saturday afternoon, an Ocean Bay teenager, Michael Pledger, 19, stumbled into the emergency room at Peninsula Hospital Center after he was shot once in the chest.
Moments after Pledger was shot, the 101 Precinct and Satellite Unit were flooded with calls from witnesses who identified the shooter by his street name – Black. The callers said he and several others ran into apartment 1C at 54-30 Beach Channel Drive.
The NYPD Emergency Service Unit knocked on the door to apartment 1C, which was answered by the alleged gunman’s sister, Kenya Bailey, 19, who allegedly tried to slam the door on an ESU lieutenant, police said. The girl then tried to flee, but she was arrested along with Clarke and Jessica Sanchez, 20, who were inside the apartment.
Pledger, meanwhile, maintained that he did not know who shot him. A brief in the New York Post, which did not identify the victim by name, said he was uncooperative with investigators and quoted him as telling police, “I don’t know nuttin.’”
On Thursday afternoon, just as the paper was going to press, another murder took place in Far Rockaway.
An unidentified 20-year-old man was sitting in his car in front of 10-04 Beach 20 Street when he was shot and killed by a man who police identify as Lamont Woods, 32 of Beach 19 Street.
The man’s car lurched forward and hit several park cars before coming to a stop in front of 698 Beach 20 Street. Police say that a weapon was recovered at the scene but will not conjecture whether this killing is related to the other recent shootings.