2009-05-29 / Top Stories

Two Shootings Mar Memorial Day Weekend

By Howard Schwach

A shooting inside 17-11 New Haven Avenue on May 24 was one of two violent incidents in the Rockaways that marred the Memorial Day weekend. Photo by Miriam Rosenberg. A shooting inside 17-11 New Haven Avenue on May 24 was one of two violent incidents in the Rockaways that marred the Memorial Day weekend. Photo by Miriam Rosenberg. The Memorial Day weekend is supposed to be a time of reflection and remembrance, a time to spend with family and friends.

In Rockaway, however, the weekend turned to gunfire and retribution, with two separate shooting events that may or may not be related, sources say.

Police declined to identify the victim in either of the two shootings.

Both shooters remain at large, and detectives from the 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway are investigating both cases.

The first shooting took place just before 1 a.m. on the morning of Friday, May 22.

Police responding to a call of "shots fired" in the vicinity of Beach 54 Street and Almeda Avenue in Arverne found a young man with two gunshot wounds to his buttocks.

The wounded man reportedly told police that he had not seen his assailant. He was transported to the Peninsula Hospital Center where he was reportedly treated and released.

At about 9:52 a.m. on Sunday, May 24, police responded to a call for a man shot inside of 17-11 New Haven Avenue in Far Rockaway.

The responding officers found a young man who had been shot twice, once in the upper left leg and once in the lower right leg, lying in the building's fourth floor hallway.

The victim was reportedly unable to describe the shooter.

He was transported to St. John's Episcopal Hospital, where he was reportedly treated and released.

Local police sources declined to speculate as to whether the two shootings were in any way related.

Anybody with information on either or both of the shootings is urged to call the 101 Precinct detectives at 718-868- 3429.

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