2006-08-04 / Community

Shot At Redfern, He Walks to Hospital

By Howard Schwach


Police officers and detectives search for evidence in the shooting of Johnny Jones outside of 12-70 Redfern Avenue last Saturday.
Police officers and detectives search for evidence in the shooting of Johnny Jones outside of 12-70 Redfern Avenue last Saturday. A man shot in the hand at the Redfern Houses in Far Rockaway last Saturday walked nearly a mile to St. John's Episcopal Hospital for treatment, police said.

Officers assigned to a fixed post at the city housing project, where shots have been fired several times this summer, heard five or six shots ring out at about 12:10 p.m. on July 29 and immediately radioed a report to other units in the area. Responding police officers quickly found blood and ballistic evidence outside of 12-70 Redfern Avenue, but no shooting victim.

A large-scale police response was called, bringing police officers from the Queens South Task Force and from other neighboring precincts. One unit checking local hospitals found a man identified as Johnny Jones, 29, with a gunshot wound to his hand.

Jones told police that he was entering a building at the Redfern complex when he heard gunshots coming from in front of the building. He said he couldn't see the shooter, according to police.

Bleeding from his wound, Jones went to a friend's apartment on the second floor, wrapped his hand in a towel and left on foot for the hospital.

Jones was reportedly treated and released from St. John's.

Detectives from the 101 Precinct Detective Squad reportedly interviewed Jones, but he provided little information on the shooting.

Police searched the area around Redfern for the weapon used in the shooting but did not find it. The 101 Squad is investigating the shooting. Police say they have no suspects.

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