2011-10-21 / Front Page

Dropped At Hospital To Die

Two Killed, Several Injured In Weeklong Violence
By Howard Schwach

Detectives from the 101 Precinct are looking for a gun thug who shot a still unidentified man in the stomach and then left him in front of a local hospital to die.

Police officers responding to an early Monday morning call of a man shot in front of St. John’s Episcopal Hospital on Beach 19 Street in Far Rockaway found a 20-year-old man with a gunshot wound to his chest.

The man was transported inside the hospital’s emergency room where he succumbed to his wounds.

Police declined to identify the dead man because they had not yet notified his next of kin.

Local police sources say that the victim was shot elsewhere and was transported to the front door of the emergency room, perhaps by a friend, perhaps by the shooter. They are looking for the crime scene location as well as for the person who transported the victim to the hospital.

So far, sources say, there are no suspects in the shooting case.

That homicide was not the only one on the peninsula last week.

On Thursday, October 20, at 4:19 a.m., police officers responded to 169A Beach 96 Street after being alerted by a 15-year-old victim of an assault in progress.

Upon arrival, police officers discovered two other victims who said they were assaulted by a 53-year-old man, who had fled the scene. According to police, an unidentified 48- year-old woman sustained a stab wound to the abdomen and a laceration to the head.

Another victim, an unidentified 16-year-old girl, sustained trauma wounds to the body.

The 15-year-old girl who made the 911 call sustained a laceration to the left arm and head.

EMS also responded and transported all three victims to Peninsula Hospital.

The 48-year-old woman, later identified as Elizabeth Harris, was pronounced DOA. The others were treated for their injuries and released. Police from the 100 Precinct Detective Squad are investigating.

The October 17 homicide was not the first shooting event in Far Rockaway during the long weekend. At about 2 a.m. on Friday, October 14, eyewitnesses say that more than 10 shots were fired at McBride Street and Mott Avenue, on the border with Bayswater, bringing police officers from all over the precinct. The local hospitals were canvassed for victims, but no shooting victims were found. Police sources say that they found a number of shell casings at that location, however.

Then, at about 3 a.m. on October 15, an unidentified man was shot at Beach 22 Street and Elk Drive in Far Rockaway.

His wounds were not considered lifethreatening, and he was treated and released from St. John’s Episcopal Hospital.

Detectives from the two police precincts in Rockaway are investigating the homicides, assisted by the Queens Major Case Squad.

Detectives from the 100 Precinct can be reached at 718-318-4266. Detectives from the 101 Precinct can be reached at 718-868-3429. All calls will be kept confidential.

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