2012-01-27 / Front Page

Seagirt Shooting, Execution Style

First Homicide This Year For Rockaway
By Howard Schwach

A woman returning home to her boyfriend’s Seagirt Boulevard house found him shot dead, execution style, police sources say.

The woman, whose name was withheld by police, told responding officers that she found the body of her boyfriend, Timothy Bland, 37, inside of 31-01 Seagirt Boulevard, just off Beach 31 Street, right before 9 a.m. on Monday, January 21.

According to police sources, Bland’s mother, Patricia, told investigators that she hadn’t seen her son for “a while,” despite the fact that she has custody of his two children, ages 12 and 16.

Records show that Bland did time in prison for selling drugs and was charged with driving under the influence last October.

His murder was the second shooting in Far Rockaway at the end of last week. On Thursday, at 3:15 p.m., a 16-year-old unidentified male was riding on a Q113 bus on Seagirt Boulevard at Beach 20 Street.

Police say that the wounded victim went to the driver and told him that he had been shot.

It was not clear whether he was shot on the bus or before he boarded the bus.

Police say that the victim was “uncooperative” with investigating officers. His wound was not life threatening, and he was transported to Long Island Jewish Hospital, where he was treated and released.

On January 25, just after 1:20 p.m. an unidentified male was shot once in front of 262 Beach 13 Street, just blocks from the murder scene and a short walk from the January

19 shooting incident.

As with a number of other Far Rockaway shooting incidents, eyewitnesses from the January 25 shooting were reluctant to be seen talking with police detectives, afraid that they would be targeted by the friends of the shooter as a snitch.

Police investigators were asked to meet the eyewitnesses away from the scene and the prying eyes of those who might have been involved.

The Bland homicide, the first of the year in either of Rockaway’s precincts, is being investigated by precinct squad detectives and by the major case squad.

There were eight recorded homicides in the precinct last year.

Anybody with information on the homicide is urged to call the squad at 718-868-3429.

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