2012-09-21 / Front Page

Gun Thug Busted

By Howard Schwach

Andrew Smalls is walked into the 101 Precinct House after an earlier murder in Far Rockaway. Wave file photo. Andrew Smalls is walked into the 101 Precinct House after an earlier murder in Far Rockaway. Wave file photo. A career criminal whose two brothers died by the gun was busted on Sunday for shooting a man several times while the man sat in his car in a Hammel Houses parking lot.

Police say that 25-year-old Andrew Smalls, of 7600 Shore Front Parkway, was arrested the day following the shooting by 100 Precinct detectives and charged with attempted murder, assault and several gun charges.

He was also charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct connected with his arrest.

The shooting took place at about 1 a.m. in the Hammel Houses parking lot on Saturday, September 15. Court papers allege that the 30-year-old victim, identified in court papers as Steven Campbell, was sitting in his car when Smalls walked up and fired numerous shots into the car, striking Campbell nine times in his torso, thigh, and finger.

Campbell was transported to Jamaica Hospital Center, where he remains in guarded condition after two operations for his gunshot wounds.

While police say they have no motive for the shooting, Smalls is a known member of the Bloods, a violent Rockaway drug gang that was in battle with another Hammels gang, GIB (Get It in Bricks) for control of the Hammels drug trade.

Smalls has an extensive criminal record and has been involved in gun violence several times in the past.

Smalls’ brother, Cedric, was killed in front of the Hammel Houses in December of 2006 in what police termed a “drug dispute.”

The man who allegedly killed Cedric Smalls, Laton Spurgeon, was killed four days later on Fernside Place in Far Rockaway.

In February of 2007, Andrew Smalls was arrested for that murder. Police said that he was one of four men who shot Spurgeon and then ran him over when he attempted to flee.

Smalls was convicted of a gun charge in connection with the murder in 2008.

He was to be sentenced in July to up to 15 years on the charge, but was back on the street four years later.

A spokesperson for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown declined to discuss the earlier case and why Smalls was back on the street, saying only that the earlier cases were “sealed” and that she could not speak about them.

Smalls’ other brother, Ronnie Smalls, was shot and killed on an Arverne street corner in January of 2008 after cops looking for him on a gun warrant found him walking down Beach Channel Drive early one morning.

When cops approached Smalls, he pulled out a pistol. In the struggle to take the gun away from Smalls, he was shot three times.

Ronnie Smalls was 21 at the time.

Andrew Smalls was arraigned on Monday on five felony charges, the top charge being attempted murder. He was also charged with assault with intent to do severe bodily injury, criminal possession of a weapon, a loaded firearm and assault with intent to do harm.

He is being held on $500,000 bail for a hearing later this month.

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