2011-06-24 / Top Stories

Cops Investigating West End Shots Fired

Residents Blame Local Drug Dealers
By Howard Schwach

A Google Map of the Beach 120 Street area shows that the street is mostly private homes. A Google Map of the Beach 120 Street area shows that the street is mostly private homes. Detectives from the 100 Precinct are investigating an incident in which several shots were fired at Beach 120 Street at about 3:18 a.m. last Sunday morning.

While police are reticent to talk about the active investigation and the precinct’s new commanding officer, Captain Scott Olexa declined to discuss it at Wednesday night’s community council meeting, local residents have provided some basic information to The Wave.

Joanne Ellis, the president of the Rockaway Civic Association, in an email to members, alleged that the gunplay was “drug related,” and that “drug dealing on the boardwalk by local kids is again becoming a serious problem.”

“We have heard from [west end] residents that apparent [drug] transactions are taking place in the open with total disregard to the surroundings,” Ellis added.

Ellis and others were angered by the fact that it took police almost 15 minutes to respond to numerous calls to the 911 system by those who live on the block.

Police say, however, that the long response time to the call of shots fired was exacerbated by the fact that another shooting, this one at 118 Beach 59 Street about an hour earlier.

Typically, police say, there are only three sector cars available on the midnight tour on any given night, and two of those cars were at the earlier shooting when the Beach 120 Street call came in.

Nobody was hit in the shooting incident and detectives are looking for anybody who witnessed the event.

The detective squad can be reached at 718-318-4266.

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