Shot Once In Head, Killed
Police sources say that Shawn Plummer, 17, of 205 Beach 31 Street in Edgemere, was riding another teen on his handlebars at Beach 29 Street and Seagirt Boulevard at about 2:46 p.m. on July 13 when multiple shots rang out. One of the slugs hit Plummer in the forehead, killing him, police say.
Patrol officers responding to a 911 call of a man shot found Plummer with a gunshot wound to his head.
EMS transported him to Long Island Jewish Hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival at 7:42 p.m. An eyewitness said that he heard the shots and saw the youth who had been on the handlebars cradling the stricken Plummer and yelling, “You killed by brother, you killed my brother.”
The victim’s mother, Sharon Plummer, told New York Post reporter Daniel Pendergast, “I heard the shots. It was like about eight or nine rounds. He was heading for the corner store to buy something and on his way back, that’s when it happened.”
She added that when she heard the shots, she knew that it was her son who was involved.
“I screamed out ‘Shawn,” and I got a knot in my stomach and I cried out for him,” Plummer told Pendergast.
Plummer told The Wave on Tuesday that her son’s death was a “case of mistaken identity,” and that he was “just in the wrong place at the wrong time” when the shooting started.
“He was a good kid and he played for the Automotive High School football team,” she says, “I want to keep his memory alive.”
Plummer says that she and City Councilman James Sanders Jr. will hold a rally at the spot her son was shot, Seagirt Boulevard at Beach 29 Street tomorrow, Saturday, July 21 at 3 p.m.
“We have to stop this killing somehow,” she says. “We have to stop all the gun violence.”
Her son’s murder continues the shooting spree in Rockaway since the beginning of the month.
The same day as the Plummer homicide, several shots were fired in the vicinity of Beach 22 Street and Dix Avenue in Far Rockaway, but nobody was apparently hit.
The day after the homicide, on Saturday, July 14, at about 2 p.m., a 22-yearold man was shot once in the buttocks in front of 1436 Beach Channel Drive. The victim was transported to Jamaica Hospital, where he was treated and released.
Detectives from the Queens Major Crimes Squad and the 101 Precinct are investigating.
Anybody with information is urged to call the Major Crime Squad detectives at 718-276-3470 or the 101 Precinct detectives at 718-868-3429.