Cops Kill Rockaway Shooter
It started in Rockaway Monday afternoon with a man shooting his ex-lover’s daughter in the head and ended in a Harlem subway station on Tuesday afternoon with the Rockaway shooter dead and a hero cop being rushed to the hospital.
Police from the 100 Precinct, responding to a call of “woman shot,” at about 1:30 p.m. on February 13, found Shante Plowden, 25, shot once in the head in the hallway outside of apartment 9C of the Bay Towers complex. The police spotlight quickly shined on Michael McBride, a thug with a long record and the longtime boyfriend of Plowden’s mother, who had reportedly broken up with McBride the week before.
Because police records showed that McBride had once lived at 440 Beach 53 Street, officers from the 101 Precinct swarmed the area looking for him before finding he no longer lived at that address.
A Level One Mobilization was called, bringing cops from all over southern Queens to the area.
Manhattan-bound subway trains on the A Line were searched for the suspected gunman, as were the beachfront and rooftops in the area.
The victim was transported to the North Shore University Hospital Trauma Center, where she reportedly remains in critical condition. Sources say, however, that her wounds were not lifethreatening.
Detectives from the
100 Precinct Squad and the Violent Felony Squad traced the pings on McBride’s cell phone to Harlem and the detectives had him under surveillance prior to arresting him, police sources say.
Four detectives, some from the local precinct, were following him as he walked westbound on 145 Street towards St. Nicholas Avenue when he apparently made his trackers, according to Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly.
McBride ran into the subway to elude his pursuers and crossed the platform.
Kelly told reporters that McBride, who had a handgun wrapped in a newspaper, turned and fired at least four times at the detectives, hitting veteran detective Kevin Herlihy, 47, in the arm.
Although wounded, Herlihy returned fire, striking McBride in the chest and killing him on the spot.
Herlihy was transported to an area hospital, where he was treated and released on Wednesday.
The gun used to shoot Plowden in Rockaway was recovered at the Harlem scene.
Court records show that McBride was on parole for robbery when he was shot.