2008-07-11 / Front Page

Cops Search For Triple Shooter

By Howard Schwach

Police from the 100 Precinct are searching for a man who shot three locals on an Arverne street on July 4.

According to police sources, police officers responding to a radio call of a male shot around 25 minutes after midnight on July 4 found Ferrod Smith, 21, of Beach 70 Street with bullet wounds to his right leg and right arm in front of 463 Beach 63 Street.

Responding officers quickly found two other wounded men in front of 421 Beach 63 Street.

According to police, Dwayne Smith, 35, of Beach 70 Street was shot once in the groin and Sherman Moore, 20, of Beach Channel Drive, was shot once in the right arm.

Althea Rodel, Ferrod Smith's mother and the sister of Dwayne Smith, told The Wave on Wednesday that the shooter used a shotgun on the three victims.

"The person who shot them meant to kill them," she said, adding that she cannot think of a motive.

"My son was ready to enter the [New York City] Corrections Academy," she said. "He passed the tests for NYPD and Nassau County. He went to private schools. He is a good kid. He has no record."

"His dreams are shattered, all because somebody wanted to kill him with a shotgun," she added.

None of the victims was able to describe the person who did the shooting, except to say that it was a black male wearing a black sweatshirt.

Police officers spread out over the area searching for a person fitting the shooter's description, without success.

A Level I Mobilization was called, bringing dozens of cops from the Queens South Task Force and specialized NYPD units that included the Emergency Services Unit (ESU), Crime Scene Unit and aviation.

The aviation unit checked the bayfront as well as the rooftops of nearby buildings without success.

Dwayne Smith and Sherman Moore were transported by EMS ambulance to Jamaica Hospital.

Ferrod Smith was transported by EMS ambulance to Mary Immaculate Hospital, where he underwent surgery to remove the pellets in his leg, his mother said.

Sources told The Wave that none of the injuries suffered by the three men is thought to be life threatening.

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