2006-02-10 / Front Page

Jealous Ex Triggers His Own Shooting

By Brian Magoolaghan


Police seal off 1115 Brunswick Avenue in Far Rockaway Monday after two men – a woman‘s former flame and her new beaux – shot each other. One man died, the other faces weapons charges. 
Police seal off 1115 Brunswick Avenue in Far Rockaway Monday after two men – a woman‘s former flame and her new beaux – shot each other. One man died, the other faces weapons charges. New details have emerged in Monday’s shooting in Far Rockaway in which one man was killed and another was wounded when their fight for a woman’s affection ended in gunfire and bloodshed.

Law enforcement sources told The Wave that the woman’s current boyfriend, Kurt Buchanan, was hiding in the boiler room of the woman’s home when her ex-boyfriend, Keith Thompson, forced his way into the house, found Buchanan and became incensed.

Thompson chased Buchanan into a bedroom, allegedly broke a glass bottle over his head and pinned him on a bed using a chokehold. Buchanan grabbed a gun on the floor that he told detectives he kept “for protection.”

“I picked up the gun and fired at him, then we struggled for the gun,” Buchanan said in a statement to detectives that was entered in court and obtained by The Wave. “The gun fired two more times, then I got shot in the arm and Keith grabbed the gun and left with it.”

Police responded to the house, located at 1115 Brunswick Avenue, shortly after 11 a.m. and found Thompson, 22, lying in the street with a gunshot wound to his stomach. Buchanan, 23, was in the basement of the house.

Thompson, of 1165 Dean Street, Brooklyn, was taken to St. John’s Episcopal Hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later, according to police. A .380 handgun in his possession was recovered at the hospital. Two spent rounds and four shell casings were collected at the scene.

Buchanan, of 217 Long Beach Road, in Hempstead, Long Island, was placed under arrest and transported to the trauma center at Mary Immaculate Hospital where he was listed in stable condition. He was arraigned Wednesday night on three counts of criminal weapons possession, following his release from the hospital. He is not being charged with Thompson’s death because, a law enforcement source said, “It appears now to be self defense.”

The men were engaged in an ongoing battle for the affection of Christina Buroughs, a 22-year-old woman who has a 10-month-old baby with Thompson and who was most recently involved with Buchanan. Thompson, who reportedly has weekend custody, was bringing the baby back to Buroughs on Monday before the violence erupted. Buchanan’s statements to police suggest that the men had previous encounters where violence was at least threatened.

“I got the gun the day after New Year’s. It was loaded when I got it. I put it in the ceiling tiles in the living room, then at night I put it behind my mattress because Keith was threatening me,” Buchanan said.

Bail for Buchanan was set at $50,000 and he faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted, according to a spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown. He is due back in court on February 28.

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