2008-06-13 / Top Stories

Hinton Busted For Alleyway Shooting

By Howard Schwach

Robert Hinton was arrested on Tuesday in connection with the attempted murder of Fredrick Townsend on Seagirt Boulevard and Beach 25 Street.
When Robert Hinton asked an acquaintance named Fredrick Townsend to step into a Far Rockaway alleyway so that they could have a conversation, Townsend did not know that he would wind up in St. John's Episcopal Hospital with half of his intestines shot away, but that's just what happened on Friday, June 6.

Police sources say that Hinton, 20, of 30-12 Lewmay Road in Far Rockaway, met Townsend in front of 25-11 Seagirt Boulevard at about 6:20 p.m. last Saturday.

Hinton allegedly asked Townsend to step into the alleyway between two houses, and the victim voluntarily followed him, court records show.

As they walked into the building, with Hinton in the lead, the shooter allegedly turned and pulled a handgun from his belt.

Police say that two shots were fired by Hinton, both of them hitting their mark. When paramedics arrived on the scene, they found Townsend on the ground, on gunshot wound to his upper left thigh and the other to his buttocks.

Hinton fled the scene, but was arrested by Detective Bazilio of the 101 Precinct Squad on Tuesday, June 10.

Townsend was removed by EMS ambulance to St. John's, where surgeons reportedly removed a large portion of his lower intestine.

Sources say he remains in critical but stable condition in the hospital.

A spokesperson for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown told The Wave on Wednesday that Hinton remains in jail, awaiting arraignment on charges of attempted murder in the second degree and criminal possession of a weapon.

His next court date has not yet been set.

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