2009-09-11 / Top Stories

Shooting Incidents Rip Rockaway

By Howard Schwach

In the wake of two homicides during the week before Labor Day, Rockaway saw two more shooting incidents, in the past week, with neither of the victims likely to die from his wound.

The first took place on September 6.

A local man walking his dog behind 54-22 Almeda Avenue in the sprawling Ocean Bay Houses public housing complex was shot several times by an unknown gunman who then fled the scene, police say.

According to police sources, the unidentified man was walking his dog at about 2 p.m. on when he was shot several times in the torso and extremities by the gunman.

Police responding to a call of "shots fired" found blood, but no body and quickly checked local hospitals.

They found the victim at the St. John's Episcopal Hospital emergency room with three bullet wounds.

He told police that he could not identify his assailant, and he had no reason to believe that he was the intended target of the shooting.

He was treated and released from the hospital, sources say.

Then, on September 9, man was shot once in the right eye in front of 17- 11 Mott Avenue, near Central Avenue at about 2:45 p.m.

The unidentified victim was transported to Jamaica Hospital, where he remains in critical but stable condition, sources say.

So far, there have been no arrests in either of the two homicides in Arverne prior to Labor Day.

On August 21, Ronald Spivey, 19, was shot in front of 411 Beacn 54 Street.

Ethan Watkins, 32, was shot in the head inside the Chinese restaurant at Ocean Village on August 24.

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