2005-12-16 / Front Page

Two Dead, Two Wounded In Shooting

Police investigator (left) marches out of the Beach 41 Street Houses with the shotgun recovered near the scene of the shooting.Police investigator (left) marches out of the Beach 41 Street Houses with the shotgun recovered near the scene of the shooting. Two people were killed and two others were seriously injured last weekend when gunfire erupted in the lobby of a housing project in Edgemere, police said.

Officers arrived at 438 Beach 40 Street, part of the Beach 41 Street Houses, at about 3 a.m. Sunday morning and found the body of Derrick Samuels, 23, a resident of the project, collapsed in a pool of blood in the lobby. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Next to him was Jimmy Everett, 20, another wounded resident of the housing project. He was brought to Jamaica Hospital in critical condition.

Nicole Bostic, 23, a Bronx resident formerly from this area, was found mortally wounded in another building. She died en route to Peninsula Hospital Center.

The fourth victim, identified by police as John Thompson, 21, reportedly took himself to St. John’s Episcopal Hospital where he was listed in critical condition.

Everett and Thompson were expected to recover from their injuries.

Police said the gunfire broke out after an argument at a party inside the building. They collected spent shotgun shells from the lobby and, after daybreak, found a sawed-off shotgun stuck in the dirt next to the foundation of the building. Police think it was thrown out of one of the building’s windows or from the roof.

It was unclear if any witnesses have come forward. Police continued to investigate this week but no arrests were made by press time.

The day after the shooting all that remained in the lobby was a small makeshift memorial of Sacred Heart candles, roses, two teddy bears and an empty bottle of cognac.

“I don’t know where they’re getting these guns from,” said a mother of three, who has lived in the housing project since it opened. She asked that her name not be used to help keep her from becoming part of the violence that surrounds her. “I worry about my kids all the time; nieces, nephews, myself.”

Brendan Brosh contributed to this story.

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