2008-09-19 / Front Page

Four Shot In Week Of Violence

By Howard Schwach

Four people were wounded, none fatally, in a spate of shooting incidents that spanned the peninsula in the past week.

The automobile in which two victims were shot at Beach 12 Street and Redfern Avenue stands in a Redfern Houses parking lot. The automobile in which two victims were shot at Beach 12 Street and Redfern Avenue stands in a Redfern Houses parking lot. The week of Rockaway shootings began, police say, at about 10 p.m. on Sunday, September 14, when an unidentified eight-year-old boy was grazed on the head by a stray bullet while he was exiting a car with his aunt, in front of 22- 05 Loretta Road in Far Rockaway.

The bullet shattered the window next to him and grazed the right side of his forehead, police say.

His mother drove him to St. John's Episcopal Hospital, but sources told The Wave that he had been transferred to Schneider's Children's Hospital at Long Island Jewish Medical Center for treatment.

Police say that he was an unintended victim of the shooter.

The next day, Monday, September 15, there was a "shots fired" call at about 10:29 p.m. at Beach 58 Street and Beach Channel Drive.

Police say that they received numerous calls and that the sound of flying bullets had a dozen people ducking for cover outside the Ocean Bay Houses. Of Violence

Neither the shooter nor a victim was found despite a large-scale canvass of the area by police officers from the Queens South Task Force.

On Tuesday, September 16, at about 11 p.m., an unidentified 45-year-old male and an unidentified 19-year-old female were shot while sitting in a vehicle on the northwest corner of Beach 12 Street near Redfern Avenue.

They told police that a man approached the car and produced a silver handgun, shooting a number of times into the car.

The man, who was in the driver's seat, was hit in the right cheek and the woman, who was in the passenger seat, was hit in the right thigh and calf.

Eyewitnesses say the male victim drove the pair to St. John's Episcopal Hospital, where they were interviewed by detectives from the 101 Precinct. Two spent rounds were found in the car, police say.

During a police interview, the victims identified the shooter as Charles Crumb, 18, of 54-49 Almeda Avenue in Arverne.

About two hours later, police officers canvassing the area around the Peninsula Hospital Center on another "shots fired" call, found Crumb and Samuel Quayshawn, 17, in the area of the reported shooting.

Both individuals were positively identified as being involved in firing several shots at Beach 53 Street and Beach Channel Drive earlier that night.

The two men were arrested without incident, police say.

Crumb was also arrested for the shooting of the two people at Redfern Avenue, and is awaiting arraignment in Queens Supreme Court as The Wave went to press.

Then, on Wednesday morning, at about 1 a.m., Raleek Brown, 21, who lives in the Redfern Houses in Far Rockaway, was shot once in the ankle as he was walking in the rear of 85-02 Rockaway Beach Boulevard in the Hammel Houses.

Brown said that a man fired a number of shots at him as he walked behind the building. He identified the shooter to police, and sources say that there is an active search in the 100 Precinct for the perpetrator.

Brown was taken to the Peninsula Hospital Center, where he was reportedly treated and released.

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