2012-07-06 / Top Stories

Apes Battle 40 Boyz

Police Say Spate Of Shootings Gang Related
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 majority of the shootings that have occurred in Rockaway ever since the summer began are gang related, a high-ranking NYPD official said recently, with most of the skirmishes between two gangs centering on the city’s public housing complexes.

The Rockaway gun-toting gangs, with names such as Gang of Apes (GOA), Get It In Bricks (GIB) and the 40 Boyz, are battling for bragging rights and control of the drug traffic in the peninsula’s housing projects, sources say.

Local sources told The Wave that the recent wave of shootings was due to a battle between the Gang of Ape and the 40 Boyz, both centered in the Ocean Bay Houses.

Those sources say that one teen has been shot twice in the last month due to the gang war.

In Patrol Borough Queens South, which encompasses eight precincts in Queens, including both of Rockaway’s precincts, there have been nearly 20 shootings this month, statistics show.

The Rockaway summer shooting spree started at about 2:25 a.m. on Friday, June 22, when Taquan Harding, 18, of 81-10 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, standing in front of the bodega on 86-16 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, was shot and killed by an unidentified man who walked up to Harding, said something to him and then shot him once in the chest.

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 was 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 life-threatening 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, but a police canvass failed to turn up anybody with a gunshot wound.

Then, on June 27, there was an armed robbery with a handgun at Beach 49 Street and Beach Channel Drive, a robbery that police suspect was gang related.

Early in the morning of the same day, there were shots fired in the vicinity of McBride Street in Far Rockaway and then the next day, at about 10:30 p.m., a woman was shot at 321 Beach 47 Street. Sources say that the woman may have been an innocent bystander in the way of a gang-related shooting.

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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