2009-05-01 / Front Page

Cops Make Bust In Hammels Shooting

By Howard Schwach

A Jamaica thug who fired several shots at a local man known on the street as "Buddha" misfired and left a local woman brain dead last Saturday, police officials say.

Police arrested several men after the shooting of an unidentified woman at the Hammel Houses last Saturday, but only one has been charged in connection with the shooting so far. Photo by Chris Kalisak.
Court papers identify the alleged shooter as Nigel Vasser, 23, who came to Rockaway looking for "Buddha" on April 23.

Spotting the man at about 7:30 p.m., police say, Vasser fired off several shots hitting a still-unidentified 28-year-old Hammel Houses resident in front of 84-12 Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

Police responding to a "shots fired" call found the woman with a gunshot wound to her head.

Witnesses told police that the shooter, who was wearing an Eight-Ball Jacket, fled the scene and could be found in Apartment 6E at 85-02 Rockaway Beach Boulevard in the Hammel Houses complex.

Officials called a Level I Mobilization, which brought specialized units, such as the emergency service unit and aviation, to the scene.

Officers from ESU's Truck Nine apprehended five individuals, including Vasser, in the apartment.

At least two other men were arrested by police officers in the Dayton Plaza Shopping Center, across from the public housing complex.

The unidentified victim was rushed to the Peninsula Hospital Center and then was transferred to Long Island Jewish Hospital in Queens.

According to reports, she remains stable but unresponsive and on lifesupport at that hospital with bullet fragments lodged in her brain. The report says that she is being treated for swelling of the brain and a fractured skull.

There have been a number of reports of shots being fired at the Hammel Houses complex in recent weeks.

Just this week, three women at the 100 Precinct Community Council meeting told Captain Thomas Barrett that they had heard shots during the daytime hours near 85-02 Rockaway Beach Boulevard recently.

According to court papers supplied by Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, Vasser has been remanded to jail and charged with attempted murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon.

Detectives from the 100 Precinct detective squad are investigating.

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