2006-08-25 / Front Page

Four Teens Wounded In Bayswater Shooting

Cops Say Victims 'Uncooperative' With Investigators
By Howard Schwach


Four teenagers suffered gunshot wounds last Friday afternoon when an unidentified shooter sprayed at least eight shots at them as they stood on a street in Bayswater, police said.

The four teens, identified by police as Mario Young, 16; Michael Jones, 16; Willie Williams, 18 and Rasheen Alize, 19, were on the corner of Dix Avenue and McBride Street when they were shot at about 3:30 p.m. on August 18. Officers responding to a call of "shots fired" found the four teenagers lying wounded in the street.

The victims told police that they were shot by an unknown male, but police, who called them "uncooperative" think they know who the shooter is, according to a law enforcement source.

Although no one was charged with the crime at press time, 101 Precinct Police Officer Matthew Handelsman, with the assistance of Sergeant C. Fabaia and Police Officer Dave Pulice, arrested Ricky M. Clay the day after the shooting. Court records show that Clay was armed with a loaded .38 caliber handgun when he was arrested. Sources said detectives were looking into whether Clay was linked with the teens' shooting.

Clay, 19, who lives at 14-15 Mott Avenue in Far Rockaway, was arraigned on two counts of criminal possession of a weapon. He is being held on $5,000 bail and his next hearing is on September 7. A spokesperson for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown told The Wave that he faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

Meanwhile, detectives from the 101 Precinct Squad interviewed witnesses and checked store security cameras around the shooting scene.

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