2012-08-31 / Top Stories

Fifteenth Shooting Incident Sunday

By Howard Schwach

On Sunday, August 26, an unidentified 44-year-old man was shot once in his right shoulder at about 1 a.m. in front of 249 Beach 15 Street, police say.

The victim was driven to St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in a private vehicle driven by a friend, and police interviewed him in the emergency room. His wounds were not life threatening, police say and he was treated and released.

The August 26 shooting was the fifteenth of the year on the peninsula this summer, according to NYPD statistics.

That shooting follows less than a week after the shooting of an unidentified 23-year-old man who was shot once in his right ankle in front of 433 Beach 40 Street at about 12:40 a.m. on August 20.

While murders are down for the year, shooting incidents are up by nearly 20 percent, sources say. As of the first week in August last year, there were four homicides in the 101 Precinct, this year there have been only three. There has also been one homicide in the 100 Precinct, up from none at this time last year.

The shooting this week continues the trend that has been building since the beginning of the summer.

Local residents say that shots ring out several times a week around the city’s numerous public housing complexes run by NYCHA. In many of those cases, only spent shells mark the event, with no victim ever identified.

On the morning of Tuesday, August 14, an unidentified 44-year-old man was shot twice in the arm in front of the Ocean-Bay Houses in Arverne.

An unidentified motorist was shot once in his upper left thigh as he was driving in front of 54-22 Beach Channel Drive at about 4 p.m. on July 21.

At 2 p.m. on July 30, cops received a 911 call for “three shots fired, possible male shot” at 13-62 Redfern Avenue in Far Rockaway, outside the sprawling Redfern public housing complex. No victim was found, despite the fact that cops checked St. John’s Episcopal Hospital’s emergency room, but shell casings were reportedly found.

At 4 p.m. the same day, two men with handguns were reported as threatening residents along the bay at Beach 67 Street. The men were gone by the time police responded, however.

The summer’s gun violence began in late June.

At about 2:25 a.m. on Friday, June 22, 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 in the abdomen at the corner of Beach 72 Street and Hillmeyer Avenue in Arverne.

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.

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.

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.

On July 13, Shawn Plummer, 18, was shot and killed while he was riding his bike at Beach 29 Street and Seagirt Boulevard.

The next day, on July 14, a 22-year-old man was shot once in the buttocks in front of 1436 Beach Channel Drive.

On July 17, in front of 1030 Redfern Avenue, a man suffered a gunshot wound to his back and leg.

On July 21, a motorist driving in front of the Ocean Bay Houses at 54-22 Beach Channel Drive was shot once in the thigh.

On July 30, at approximately 11:24 p.m., a 24-year-old man was shot once in the arm at the corner of Beach 36 Street and Beach Channel Drive.

Last week, a gun buy-back was held in Jamaica, Queens, and numerous weapons, including a few assault weapons, were turned in.

With a week left in the summer, local politicians have begun to study the problem of gun violence and to develop a plan to combat the problem.

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