2010-03-19 / Front Page

One Dead, One Wounded

By Howard Schwach
While information was still sketchy at press time, police say that one man is dead and another remains in critical condition in the hospital as a result of a shootout that started on Seagirt Boulevard at Beach 3 Street at about 4 a.m. on Thursday and ended on the southbound lanes of Route 878, the road that separates Rockaway from its Nassau County neighbors.

The red Mazda stands with its doors open in the southbound lanes of Route 878, which separates Rockaway from Nassau County. The red Mazda stands with its doors open in the southbound lanes of Route 878, which separates Rockaway from Nassau County. Local police sources say the story began at Seagirt Boulevard when two stillunidentified men had a shootout in a red Mazda.

Police say that the men shot each other and then the passenger tumbled out of the car onto the eastbound lane of Seagirt Boulevard.

The driver, police say, continued eastbound onto Route 878, somehow driving the wrong way northbound in the center southbound lane, where he died, leaving the auto facing north in the southbound lane of the six-lane road.

He was declared dead at the scene by Emergency Medical Service workers.

The other man, found lying on Seagirt Boulevard in critical condition with a gunshot wound was transported to the Trauma Center at the Jamaica Hospital Center, where he reportedly remains at press time.

Police say that the original call that brought police to the scene was for a carjacking incident, but sources say the two men knew each other, and were riding together when the shooting began.

Those sources say that the reason for the shootout was not known at press time but that detectives from the 101 Squad were waiting to interview the man in the hospital.

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