2008-04-04 / Top Stories

Multiple Gun Incidents Strike 101 Precinct

By Miriam Rosenberg

An unidentified man fired several rounds in the direction of 351 Beach 47 Street on March 28. One bullet stuck in the downspout of the home and lodged in the siding.
Twice in the last week, New York City police officers have responded to reports of gunshots being fired within the confines of the 101 Precinct.

In the late afternoon of March 28, an unidentified male fired several rounds in the direction of the home located at 351 Beach 47 Street. Amale resident of the house, 19, described the shooter as a black male, wearing a gray sweater and light blue jeans.

The victim told officers the unknown shooter fled east, through rear yards to Beach 46 Street.

A police investigation found that, although one bullet stuck in the downspout of the home and lodged in the siding, no bullets entered the home. Police also recovered five spent .40 caliber shell casings from in front of the Beach 47 Street residence.

In addition to interviewing the witness, the 101 Precinct Detective Unit conducted a search of all the homes on the block. Police aviation was called in and searched backyards, rooftops and fire escapes in the area. No arrests were made.

Officers searching the area in front of the Beach 27 Street home found five spent .40 caliber shell casings.
According to the police report, officers did interview residents of an apartment on 40-20 Beach Channel Drive who told them the shooting at Beach 47 was in retaliation for a fight that took place on March 27 at the Beach 47 Street home.

The police were told that the shooter and two other men "arrived at the location at which time one of the males stated 'that's him'" at which time the gunman fired at the victim several times.

The victim's account that the suspect fled through rear yards to Beach 46 Street was supported by the Beach Channel Drive interviews.

No injuries were reported in the incident and police patrols were designated to continue in the area to deter any future incidents.

During early morning hours of April 2, officers of the 101 Precinct responded to a "shots fired" call and found a man lying on the front porch of a Brookhaven Avenue home with a bullet wound in each of his legs.

According to a police report, the unidentified 25-year-old male told police an unknown man fired at least six or seven shots at him. The victim said the shooter was driving a gray, four-door sedan, but was unable to give a make, model or license plate of the vehicle. He also could not describe the assailant, nor the direction the vehicle fled in.

The victim told officers he was walking on Brookhaven Avenue after leaving the Brookhaven Corp. Deli and Grocery at 30-05 Brookhaven Avenue, and was on his way to Beach 25 Street when he was shot. After being shot he ran to a friend's house, also on Brookhaven Avenue, where the friend called the police. EMS took the wounded man to Jamaica Hospital.

In the meantime, a Nissan Altima was found at 29-02 Brookhaven Avenue with bullet holes in it and its windows shot out.

Police recovered seven spent shell casings in the street, four bullet fragments, a baseball cap and a cell phone. A crime scene was set up around the location and a level one mobilization was established.

A request for a night watch of the area was granted and a search of area produced no results.

The police report says the victim was "uncooperative as to why he was at this location or where he was going."

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