Ex-Con Strikes Again
A gun wielding ex-con is being held without bail for the alleged fatal shooting of a Hollis teenager inside a Far Rockaway apartment building last Sunday morning, according to police.
The shooting took place at approximately 1:26 a.m. on Sunday when Shawn Jones, 24, allegedly shot Ramel Gittens, 19, in the right side of his chest. Gittens was found lying on the floor inside 14-30 Redfern Avenue and was removed by EMS personnel. He was taken to Jamaica Hospital where he died shortly before 4 a.m., according to police.
Court papers reveal that two witnesses to the crime told police they were present inside their apartment when they heard a single gunshot fired. That’s when, the witnesses say, Gittens stumbled into the apartment bleeding from his right forearm and chest while clutching his chest. He began spitting up blood and had trouble breathing, muttering his last words, “Jigga shot me,” before collapsing to the floor.
The witnesses, who say they have known Jones for several years, called 911 and told police at the scene that they knew who shot the victim. Just minutes after arriving at the scene, police apprehended Jones as he was standing near the First Church of God, which is located directly across the street from the apartment complex.
Jones, a Redfern Houses resident and exconvict, was charged with second degree murder, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal use of firearm. He was arraigned and held without bail.
His gangbanger history began as far back as 2004 when he was 17 and was critically injured from a gunshot wound. Two others were fatally shot, by career criminal Jalah Knight, during the incident at a Far Rockaway house party. Knight would eventually be convicted of the crimes. Jones was arrested in 2006 for pistol whipping a man outside of Redfern Houses and again in 2007 as part of a massive 34 person arrest of Blood gang members. In that case, he was convicted on counts of criminal possession of a weapon and served a two-year prison term after police found two loaded 9mm handguns in his possession. He was released in 2009.
This is the 101 Precinct’s third homicide this year. Despite the recent shooting, this time last year five murders had already been committed within the confines of the precinct. The 101 Precinct would eventually end 2010 with six homicides in total.