2008-07-11 / Top Stories

Shooting Brings Massive Police Response

Monday Mobilization At Beach 15 Street
By Miriam Rosenberg

Police cordoned off the area near 283 Beach 15 Street, where the victim was found. Five shell casings and one bullet were recovered. Photo by Miriam Rosenberg Police cordoned off the area near 283 Beach 15 Street, where the victim was found. Five shell casings and one bullet were recovered. Photo by Miriam Rosenberg Police officers from all over south Queens roared into Rockaway for a Level I Mobilization on Beach 15 Street Monday night, after a local resident received a gunshot wound to the forehead; a shot fired, police say, by an unknown assailant.

According to law enforcement sources, patrol officers from the 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway responded to a call of "10-34 - Someone Shot" at 250 Beach 15 Street at approximately 9:30 p.m. on July 7.

Police officers responding to the radio call found Chet King, 30, of 15-02 Mott Avenue, with a gunshot wound to his forehead, in front of 283 Beach 15 Street.

King was taken to Jamaica Hospital's trauma center by EMS ambulance.

"The victim alleges that while he was walking northbound on [Beach] 15 Street he was shot in the forehead by unknown perpetrator(s)," the police report said.

After the mobilization was activated, the middle of Beach 15 Street was blocked off, and police recovered five shell casings and one bullet in the area where King was found.

Police conducted additional ballistics tests that proved negative. Also responding to the scene were eight officers and a sergeant from Queens South Task Force (QSTF), a detective from the 101 Precinct and a police aviation unit. QSTF performed a search of the area that was negative and a police helicopter did a canvas of area rooftops, backyards and the boardwalk that did not turn up any clues.

Court records show that King has previous arrests for criminal possession of a controlled substance.

The incident remains under investigation by the 101 Precinct.

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