2005-12-23 / Front Page

Man Charged In Edgemere Project Slayings

Another Suspect Remains At Large
By Brian Magoolaghan


Charged with murder: 
Naim Muhammad.Charged with murder: Naim Muhammad. A Far Rockaway man turned himself in to police last week and is charged in the December 11 shooting at an Edgemere housing project that left two people dead and two others seriously injured.

Naim Muhammad, 21, is charged with four counts of murder, attempted murder, four counts of assault, two counts of criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment, according to Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown. An unidentified accomplice remains at large.

Brown announced that Muhammad was in police custody last Friday – two days after the alleged killer surrendered at the 101 Precinct stationhouse on Mott Avenue.

Muhammad and the un-apprehended accomplice are accused of opening fire inside the lobby of the housing project located at 438 Beach 40 Street, part of the Beach 41 Street Houses. Brown said the alleged killers used two semi-automatic pistols to shoot Jeanett “Nikki” Bostick, 23, once in the chest and Derrick Samuel, 23, at least three times to the body. Samuels was pronounced dead at the scene; Bostick died en route to Peninsula Hospital Center.

Investigators now think that the sawed-off shotgun recovered from just outside the building was not used in this shooting. “It’s not being dismissed but it does not look like it was used in this particular shooting,” said a police source who indicated that the firearm would undergo ballistics testing to see if it is connected to a prior incident.

Two other victims, identified by police as Jimmy Everett, 20, and John Thompson, 21, were also hit with bullets. They were treated at local hospitals and were expected to fully recover from their wounds. A fifth person, who has not been identified, was fired on but escaped without suffering physical harm.

Although police were still sketchy on a motive this week it appears that the alleged gunmen and the victims were partying together when a dispute broke out. As the party came to an end, Muhammad and the accomplice headed to the lobby first and waited for their targets, police said.

Muhammad who lives at 22-29 Dix Avenue, Far Rockaway, faces up to 50 years in prison if he’s convicted on all of the charges, Brown said. He was held without bail at his arraignment in Queens Criminal Court, according to the New York State Department of Correctional Services.

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