2011-10-28 / Top Stories

Rash Of Shootings Hits 101 Precinct

Increased Burglaries, Robberies
By Miriam Rosenberg

… “a lot of violence in the command” That is how the commander of the 101 Precinct described a string of shootings in his precinct between late September and mid-October.

“We’ve had seven shooting incidents in the last month, which is a very high number,” continued Deputy Inspector Michael Lipetri at the October 19 meeting of the 101 Precinct Community Council.

On September 25 a male was shot in the stomach outside a party at 18-12 Everdell Avenue. The victim, Lipetri said, did not call 911 or go to the hospital until the next day. Police are not sure if the male was involved with the party. On September 27 a male was shot in the area of Ocean Village Apartments at 123 Beach 56 Place at approximately 7 a.m. According to reports, police found a 40-year-old man bleeding with a gunshot wound to the abdomen. The victim reportedly told police that he did not see who shot him, nor did he know why. In both cases police do not believe the victims were the intended targets and the investigations are on-going. Earlier on September 27 there were reports of shots fired at Beach 25 Street and Brookhaven Avenue in Far Rockaway. There were several calls to the 911 system reporting the shots, police sources told The Wave at the time. While the police search did not turn up a victim, officers did find several shells from a 9 mm automatic weapon.

On September 30, two men were shot inside the lobby of 433 Beach 40 Street at Beach 41st Street Houses. As reported in The Wave, one of the two teens was an unidentified 19-year-old Rockaway resident who was shot twice – once through the right leg and once in the right arm. The second was an unidentified male, 16, who was shot once in the right thigh. No arrests have yet been made and the investigation is proceeding.

“We have seen an increase at Beach 41st Street Houses in regards to shoot- ings this year [in comparison] to last year,” said Lipetri. He added that it appears to concern “one group of individuals who are having [issues] with another group that live there.”

On Columbus Day, October 10, there were two gun related incidents. A male was shot at approximately 6:03 p.m. at Redfern Houses but he also did not call 911 or go to the hospital until the next day. As reported in our October 14 issue, the 40-year-old male received one gunshot wound to the neck. The second incident took place later in the evening at approximately 10:50 p.m. in front of 56- 16 Beach Channel Drive at Ocean Bay Houses. Two males were shot. As The Wave also previously reported, two unidentified male gunshot victims showed up in the emergency room at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway.

The first victim, 31, received a single gunshot wound to his right forearm and one gunshot to his left lower leg. The second victim, also 31, suffered one gunshot wound to the right hand. According to Lipetri, one arrest has been made and the accused has been indicted and is being held on $150,000 bail.

The one homicide took place on the morning of October 16.

“A male was dropped off at St. John’s Hospital [at approximately 4 o’clock in the morning] with a gunshot wound to his chest. He was in very serious condition at that time,” said Lipetri. He added that the victim was pronounced dead a short time later.

“It’s a very active investigation,” he said.

“One of the things that make things more difficult is a lot of the time complainants are very, very, very uncooperative,” said Lipetri. “Most of the complainants have criminal histories. It makes it more difficult to deal with those situations. …But it doesn’t mean we don’t make arrests.”

There have also been unconfirmed reports of shootings on October 15 at Beach 22 Street and Elk Drive at 3:07 a.m., and at 6:49 p.m. on October 20 at Beach 57 Street and Beach Channel Drive.

In addition to the shooting problem, the precinct has a growing burglary and robbery pattern.

Lipetri told residents that additional officers have been assigned to the precinct in areas such as Beach 41st Street Houses and Seagirt Boulevard. “There’s a lot going on out there right now,” said Lipetri. “I have a lot of extra police out there right now. I have help from the borough giving me extra officers.”

Community affairs officers from the precinct gave some safety tips regarding Halloween to parents at the Community Council meeting.

“Pay attention to what your kids are bringing home and what they’re getting,” said Officer Kevin Campbell. “Go through their bags.” “Go out with light reflector stuff on the street. You want to be seen.”

He added, “Take more than a couple of people with you. If there’s any [problems] in the neighborhoods, they’re not going to mess with a group of adults.”

“Get out early. Get out during the daylight hours and get home early,” said Campbell.

There will be several chances for Halloween fun at which parents can be assured that their children have a safe Halloween. At the October 19 meeting, the Far Rockaway Library announced a Halloween party scheduled for Friday, October 28 at 3 p.m. On October 29 the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance and the Rockaway Youth Task Force will host a party on the corner of Beach 59 Street near the new Hip Hop Community Garden from 2 to 5 p.m.

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