2012-06-29 / Front Page

Rockaway Shooting Gallery

One Dead, Two Wounded in Weekend Spree
By Howard Schwach


Crime scene unit detectives search the area around 86-16 Rockaway Beach Boulevard a few hours after the homicide. Crime scene unit detectives search the area around 86-16 Rockaway Beach Boulevard a few hours after the homicide. The coming of summer and the fact that people hang out later into the nighttime hours when the weather is warm traditionally also brings the beginning of the shooting season in Rockaway.

This year was no exception. With summer officially beginning on June 20, the following weekend was replete with gunplay, leaving one man dead and two others wounded in four reported gun-related incidents.

The homicide was the harbinger of the other shooting events.

At about 2:25 a.m. on Friday, June 22, Taquan Harding, 18, of 81-10 Rockaway Beach Boulevard in the Hammel Houses, was standing in front of the bodega on 86-16 Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

Police say that an unidentified man walked up to Harding, said something to him and then shot him once in the chest.

EMS responded and transported Harding to St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway, where he was declared dead on arrival.

A little more than 24 hours later, at about 2:35 a.m. on Saturday, June 23, an unidentified 19-year-old Hispanic male was shot at the corner of Beach 72 Street and Hillmeyer Avenue in Arverne.

Police say that the victim was shot once in the abdomen but is not likely to die. Sources say that the victim was not cooperative with detectives.

He was transported to Jamaica Hospital, where he was treated and released.

Then, on Sunday, June 24, there were two shooting incidents. At about 5:12 a.m. an unidentified male was shot in front of 438 Beach 40 Street, in the Ocean Bay Houses.

Sources say his wound is not lifethreatening and he was transported to Jamaica Hospital, where he was treated and released.

Then, at 10:50 p.m. that night there was a report of shots fired at Beach 20 Street and Cornaga Avenue in Far Rockaway.

Police say that they canvassed the area and checked St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, but could find nobody with a gunshot wound.

Detectives from both the 100 and 101 Precincts are investigating the shootings in their precinct areas.

Anybody with information on any of the shootings, should contact their respective precinct detective squads.

The 100 Precinct detectives can be reached at 718-318-4266. The 101 Precinct detectives can be reached at 718-868-3429.

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