The NYPD is asking the public’s help in finding a 23-year-old man suspected of fatally shooting his brother and another man in Rochdale Village earlier this year.
Police released on Wednesday a picture of Shane Van Williams, who is sought for killing 20-year-old Sean Van Williams and 24-year-old Rendell Cassimy on the night of Jan. 25 inside an apartment house on 127th Avenue.
Sources familiar with the investigation stated that the Van Williams brothers and Cassimy were involved in a dispute between two groups of individuals in the lobby of the building. During the exchange, authorities said, Shane Van Williams allegedly pulled out a gun and opened fire; Sean Van Williams and Cassimy were both shot in the head.
Shane Van Williams and others involved in the fight fled by the time 113th Precinct officers arrived at the scene after receiving a 911 call about the shooting. Cassimy was pronounced dead at the scene; Sean Van Williams died five days later while undergoing treatment at Jamaica Hospital.
Police describe Shane Van Williams as standing 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing about 190 pounds. He was previously arrested in 2011 for theft of service in transit.
Anyone with information regarding the double homicide or the suspect’s whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS, visit their website or send a text message to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls and messages will be kept confidential.