2007-09-07 / Community

Shots Riddle Several Beach 38 Street Autos

Residents Ask Police For Help In Ending Shooting Spree
By Howard Schwach

Mark Gibson points to a bullet hole in his car as police investigate the spate of shootings on Beach 38 Street. Mark Gibson points to a bullet hole in his car as police investigate the spate of shootings on Beach 38 Street. Residents of the bay block of Beach 38 Street were shaken from their beds at about 1:07 on the morning of September 2 by a series of at least six shots that rang out loud and clear.

A homeowner, who asked that he be identified only as John, said that he looked out the window when he heard six shots, and saw four men walking towards the park at the end of the street.

"They were so nonchalant, it was like they were the kings of Rockaway," he said.

Wardela, another resident, said that he heard the shots but did not see the bullet holes in the car until the next morning. He says the damage to his car was extensive.

"They hit the car on the side near the gas tank, shot out the window, through the seat into the dashboard, several shots," he said. "The only comment I have to make is that I got to fix my car, and that's expensive."

John, however, believes that something has to be done to stop what he calls the shooting gallery.

Police officers investigate one of the several cars shot at by gunmen last weekend. Eyewitnesses say at least six shots were fired. Police officers investigate one of the several cars shot at by gunmen last weekend. Eyewitnesses say at least six shots were fired. "The police tell me that I have to get active in the community, and I've done that in the three years I have lived in Rockaway. It hasn't done any good," he said. "It's just getting worse and there is shooting all the time on the block and in front of the projects."

"This could be a quiet neighborhood," John added. "I was looking to move to a quiet area and I picked Far Rockaway. That was the biggest mistake I ever made. There have been no improvements made to welcome the new residents and I have to ask the police why nothing is being done."

John says that he and his fellow homeowners are "guinea pigs," who were promised the area would be cleaned up and who have now been left to fend for themselves.

"The problem is that there is not enough police to cover our area," he said. "We need the police to clean up the neighborhood."

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