2012-01-27 / Top Stories

FR Gunman Hunted Down In Harlem

By Nicholas Briano

A Far Rockaway man sought by police for his alleged role in a Beach 20 Street shooting last May was finally caught by police when they tracked his whereabouts to his mother’s East Harlem home, according to police.

Daequan Peterson, 20, was arrested last Thursday and arraigned on charges that he allegedly shot an 18-year-old male who was standing outside 10-04 Beach 20 Street with a group of friends on May 12, 2011. The victim was shot three times; once in his hip and twice when bullets grazed each of his hands. Peterson allegedly approached him, reached into his own waistband and pulled out a .38 revolver, then shot at the victim five times. Peterson fled the scene and allegedly dropped the gun while he was running. Police would recover the weapon close to the scene of the shooting.

The victim was taken to St. John’s Episcopal Hospital where he was treated for the gunshot wounds. Police matched the prints on the gun with those of Peterson’s who had a prior conviction for assault with a weapon back in 2010.

Peterson was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court and charged with second degree attempted murder, first-degree assault, criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment. Bail was set at $250,000 cash or $500,000 bond.

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