2008-06-06 / Front Page

Shot Sitting In Car

By Howard Schwach

A Hammels woman sitting in her car at 2 a.m. on May 29 was shot once in the shoulder by a gunman, who then fled the scene, police officials say.

The Tahoe in which Benjamin was shot stands in front of the Hammel Houses on Thursday morning. Photo by Howard Schwach.
Jacqueline Benjamin told responding officers that she was sitting in her 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe, waiting for a parking spot to open up, when she heard five or six gunshots and immediately felt a pain in her right shoulder.

She added that she never saw the shooter or from where the shots were fired.

Police officials established a crime scene around the car, which was double-parked in front of 81-10 Rockaway Beach Boulevard when the shots rang out.

Benjamin's car had two bullet holes, and the car at curbside next to her car had been hit once, police sources told The Wave.

Benjamin was transported by EMS ambulance to Jamaica Hospital, where she remains in serious but stable condition.

Police sources declined to speculate on a motive or whether Benjamin was the shooter's intended target, but a local source said that she may have been mistaken in the dark for her son, who reportedly often uses the SUV.

Detectives from the 100 Precinct Detective Squad and the NYPD's Queens South Auto Larceny Unit are investigating.

No suspects in the shooting have yet been identified.

Anybody with information about the shooting should call the 100 Precinct Squad at 718-318-4221.

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