2012-09-21 / Top Stories

Peninsula Shootings Continue

By Howard Schwach

Despite holding rallies and what city officials called a successful gun buyback program in August, the rash of shootings on the Rockaway Peninsula continued on Friday, September 14, the 17th such incident since the summer began.

The latest shooting occurred at 6 p.m. on Friday, when an unidentified 28-year-old man was shot once in the left side of his chest, with the bullet exiting under his armpit.

The shooting took place in front of 146 Beach 59 Street.

The wounds were thought to not be life threatening and the victim was transported to Jamaica Hospital Center for treatment.

On Saturday, September 15, an unidentified man was shot numerous times while he was sitting in his automobile in a Hammel Houses parking lot.

The victim was transported to Jamaica Hospital, where he remains in stable condition.

A shooter was arrested the following day and details can be found elsewhere in this newspaper.

That made the 18th shooting incident on the peninsula since Memorial Day.

A previous shooting had occurred last Sunday, September 2, at approximately 11:09 p.m. when a 28-year-old man was shot inside a fifth floor hallway of Ocean Bay Apartments located at 411 Beach 54 Street. The man was shot once in each leg. According to police, the injuries weren’t life threatening. The unidentified victim was taken to Jamaica Hospital by FDNY EMS.

The 101 Precinct Detective Squad says they are investigating. The shooting comes less than a week after a 44-year-old man was shot once in his right shoulder in front of 249 Beach 15 Street. He was treated and released at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital.

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