2009-10-30 / Top Stories

Shot In Groin Over Former Fight

By Howard Schwach

Left, Eduardo Santos is treated in front of the Rockaway Deli & Grocery on Sunday night. Right, Police take Elliott Rivera into custody in relation to the shooting of Eduardo Santos. Photos by Chris Kalisak. Left, Eduardo Santos is treated in front of the Rockaway Deli & Grocery on Sunday night. Right, Police take Elliott Rivera into custody in relation to the shooting of Eduardo Santos. Photos by Chris Kalisak. A Rockaway man looking to avenge a fight that took place two weeks ago was shot in the groin in front of a bodega at 112-32 Rockaway Beach Boulevard late on Sunday night, police say.

Sources say that police responding to a call of shots fired at about 9:40 p.m. on October 25 found Eduardo Santos, 26, of Rockaway Park sitting on the ground in front of the Rockaway Deli & Grocery on Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

Santos was bleeding from a gunshot wound to his upper left thigh and groin area.

An unidentified man who was with Santos told police that he and the wounded man had come to confront Elliot Rivera, who lives at 112-34 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, a bungalow behind the bodega, about a fight between Santos and Rivera that had taken place two weeks prior to the shooting.

As the two walked towards the bungalow, the friend said, Rivera came out of the bungalow, pulled a gun from his waistband and fired several shots at the two men, striking Santos.

Police were told that Rivera was still in the bungalow with his mother.

He was arrested without incident by police officers from the 100 Precinct.

Police detectives later conducted a show-up and Santos positively identified his assailant.

Police found several shell casings and two fired bullets at the scene.

Sources say that Santos is in stable condition at Jamaica Hospital.

Rivera is awaiting arraignment on in Queens Criminal Court on charges of attempted murder and criminal possession of a weapon, according to a spokesperson for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.

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