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Second arrest made in fatal Queens bus shooting of teen


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

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Updated 2:27 p.m.

A Brooklyn teenager has been charged with the murder of a 14-year-old girl who was gunned down on a Queens bus last year, officials said.

Shamel Capers, 16, was arraigned Wednesday on charges of second-degree murder, criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment in the deadly shooting of D’aja Robinson, according to the district attorney’s office.

Robinson was shot in the head after boarding a Q6 bus near Sutphin and Rockaway boulevards in Jamaica on May 18, 2013. She was on her way from a sweet 16 party when she was killed.

Prosecutors said Robinson was not the intended target when Capers fired multiple times into the bus.

About a month after the shooting, Kevin McClinton, 22, was also arrested on second-degree murder and other charges in the death of Robinson. He is accused of taking the gun from Capers and continuing to fire into the bus, according to District Attorney Richard Brown.

McClinton, who had a court appearance Wednesday, is currently being held without bail. His case is set for trial on Sept. 22, prosecutors said. Capers is also being held without bail and is due back in court on Aug. 13.


Queens pol calls it quits on homeless experiment, but plans to try again


| mhayes@queenscourier.com

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Councilmember Ruben Wills took a dive into the lives of our city’s homeless to highlight hardships for those living in poverty, but called it quits after being diagnosed with pneumonia.

The councilmember began his journey to get a better look into the lives and struggles of the city’s population on the streets on Dec. 17.

“I knew for a fact going into it I would never understand the homeless situation, but I wanted to begin to develop an area of which I can begin to legislate,” Wills said.

His experiment contained various parts, he said, including sleeping on the streets, making enough money to eat and travel and gaining access to health care.

“The homeless situation goes beyond the primary factors that everyone understands. It goes beyond somebody losing their job,” he said.

The councilmember started at the Q6 bus shelter on Rockaway Boulevard and Baisley Boulevard, dressed in jeans, a sweater, a camouflage jacket, scarf and hat. He slept there before heading to a nearby Gulf gas station to “pump gas for change” for transportation costs.

Throughout his experiment, he continued to pump gas and also held open doors for spare change. He said he “didn’t beg” and discovered his fellow homeless “don’t want to sit there and beg for money, they would rather be equipped to work.”

However, his first night out, Wills went to the hospital and was diagnosed with pneumonia. After receiving antibiotics, he spent the night at the Staten Island Ferry terminal and continued his project the next day, but ultimately cut it short the night of Dec. 18.

“The experiment wasn’t for me to go out and die, it was for me to get a glimpse into the conditions they have,” he said.

After getting a doctors clearance, Wills plans to hit the streets once again and navigate the city’s homeless shelter system. He added other councilmembers want to join him, but did not say who.

In the new year, Wills hopes to call “immediate hearings” regarding policy for the homeless and hold open-panel discussions featuring those who “have gone through the homeless experience and survived.”

“To understand it after two days is impossible,” he said. “But at least I can have a glimpse of where we need to go for change.”

 

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Councilmember Ruben Wills going homeless for three days


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Councilmember Ruben Wills is stepping into the shoes of our city’s homeless, quite literally.

Tuesday morning, Wills began a three-day journey in which he intends to live the life of a homeless person and experience any hardships firsthand.

“He’s really going all out,” said a spokesperson for Wills. “He wants to get a perception of how people would react to him.”

The councilmmember started his experiment at the Q6 bus shelter on Rockaway Boulevard and Baisley Boulevard, dressed in jeans, a sweater, a camouflage jacket, scarf and hat. He slept there before heading to a nearby gas station to “pump gas for change” for transportation costs.

In between hours of pumping gas, Wills went to eat at a local soup kitchen. Tuesday evening he was on his way to the South Ferry Terminal, where he plans on spending the night.

Tomorrow, Wills is going to try and get into a local homeless shelter and the next day hopes to visit a hospital “to see how quickly they [admit] him and how they react to him,” said the spokesperson.

The spokesperson added that he does have a cell phone on him, but “we really had to force that on him.”

 

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14-year-old shot to death on Queens bus


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A 14-year-old girl was shot in the head and killed aboard a Queens bus Saturday night, said police.

The teen, identified as D’aja Robinson, was on the Q6 bus at Sutphin Boulevard near Rockaway Boulevard in Jamaica around 9 p.m. when she was struck.

Robinson was part of a group that had recently left a sweet 16 party and had just boarded the bus when the shooting occurred, according to published reports. A man from the street allegedly fired around 9 shots at the bus.

NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said police are looking for a suspect between the ages of 18 and 25 who was last seen wearing a black sweater, according to reports.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto Crime Stoppers website by texting their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

Last updated Monday, May 20

 

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MTA service changes for Martin Luther King Jr. Day


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On Monday, the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday, New York City subways and Staten Island Railway will run on a regular schedule.

In Queens, buses will run on a regular schedule, but will be no limited-stop service on the Q6, Q25 and Q65.

The Long Island Rail Road will operate on a holiday schedule with 39 additional trains added on various branches. Off peak fares will be in effect all day.

The Metro-North Railroad will operate on a Saturday schedule with 36 additional trains. Off peak fares will be in effect all day.

 

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