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Man charged with shooting at cops in Elmhurst


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of NYPD

Update 4:03 p.m.

A man wanted for shooting at cops in Elmhurst this June was apprehended in New Jersey and charged with attempted murder, officials said.

Christian Mosquera, 20, of Corona, was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court on Wednesday on charges of attempted aggravated murder, attempted murder, criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment, prosecutors said.

A sergeant and police officer, both in uniform and in a marked police car, were responding to a trespassing call around 1:50 a.m. on June 21 when they saw a man chasing another man and firing shots at him at Lamont Avenue and Forley Street, according to police.

The cops jumped from their car and ordered the man to drop the gun, but instead he turned on them, raised the weapon and shot at them, authorities said.

The officers returned fire, but no one was hit in the exchange. When Mosquera fled, he allegedly left behind a .22 caliber pistol.

Shortly after the incident, police offered a $12,000 reward leading to an arrest and conviction, and released a photo of Mosquera, identifying him as a suspect.

According to the district attorney’s office, when Mosquera was apprehended he allegedly told Union City, N.J. officers that “I know this is about that thing in New York. I saw it on the news. I saw my picture in the paper. I wasn’t shooting at police. I shot one or two times at someone else.”

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Man arrested in Astoria shooting of teen, second person


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Updated 2:10 p.m.

Two people, including a teenage boy, were shot in Astoria Thursday afternoon, police said.

The shooting happened in front of the Astoria Houses on 8th Street around 4:30 p.m., cops said.

A 15-year-old boy suffered a gunshot wound to the shoulder and a 30-year old man was struck in the torso and leg, according to officials. They were taken to Elmhurst Hospital where the teen is listed in stable condition and the man is listed in critical but stable condition, cops said. Both are likely to survive.

Following the gunfire, officers saw a man fleeing from the scene and jump into the passenger side of a black Acura at the corner of 27th Avenue and 8th Street, police said. The car then sped off before crashing into another vehicle at 26th Avenue and 21st Street.

The passenger and the driver both tried to flee on foot following the collision. But cops were able to nab the passenger, 34-year-old Shannon Smith, of Valley Stream, Long Island, and place him under arrest and recover a handgun at the scene, officials said.

Smith faces attempted murder, assault, criminal possession of a weapon, reckless endangerment, criminal possession of stolen property and resisting arrest charges, according to police.

 

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Bronx man found fatally shot in Cambria Heights


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A man was shot and killed in Cambria Heights on Saturday, police said.

Cops responded to a 9-1-1 call at about 10:20 p.m. and discovered 33-year-old Jason Bragg of the Bronx unconscious with a wound to his head.

EMS pronounced the man dead at the scene and the medical examiner’s office later determined the man died from a gunshot injury.

The investigation is ongoing.

 

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Police identify suspect who shot at cops in Elmhurst


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos/Video courtesy of NYPD

The NYPD has identified a man who allegedly fired shots at cops in Elmhurst on Saturday.

A sergeant and police officer, both in uniform and in a marked police car, were responding to a trespassing call around 1:50 a.m. when they saw a man chasing another man and firing shots at him at Lamont Avenue and Forley Street, officials said.

The cops jumped from their car and ordered the man to drop the gun, but instead he turned on them, raised the weapon and shot at them, police said.

The officers returned fire, but no one was hit in the exchange. When the suspect fled, he left behind a .22 caliber pistol, according to cops.

Police have named Cristian Mosquera, 20, as a suspect in the June 21 incident, and describe him as 5 feet 4 inches tall and 120 pounds. He also has three star tattoos on his right shoulder.

There is a $12,000 combined reward leading to an arrest and conviction, according to the NYPD.

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

 

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Man charged with murder in shooting of 15-year-old girl in Jamaica


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Updated 3:57 p.m.

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A 20-year-old man has been charged with the fatal shooting of his 15-year-old girlfriend inside a Jamaica home Wednesday night after he first told police she had committed suicide, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.

Cops discovered Alexis Anderson with a gunshot wound to the head inside a residence on 106th Road near 180th Street at about 11:45 p.m. on June 18 and she was pronounced dead at the scene, officials said.

Police previously said the residence, which is abandoned, was a squatter location that was also used as a drug den.

Amin Abdullah, 20, was taken into custody on Thursday and charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon, police said. The June 19 arrest came after a medical examiner deemed Anderson’s death as a homicide.

“The defendant is accused of taking the life of a young girl who had her whole life ahead of her,” Brown said. “This case is another unfortunate example of the senseless gun violence that seems to more and more permeate our society.”

According to Brown, a witness saw Abdullah and Anderson get into a verbal argument on Wednesday in front of a room on the second floor of the 177-38 106th St. residence. The witness, who then went to separate room, said between 11 and 11:43 p.m. they heard a noise that sounded like a pop.

Abdullah then allegedly went into the witness’ room and together with the witness went back to the front room where the witness saw Anderson laying on the floor with what appeared to be blood on her head, Brown said.

According to the district attorney, Abdullah allegedly first told detectives that Anderson shot herself but later admitted he had shot her in the head with a revolver.

Abdullah is currently being held pending arraignment in Queens Criminal Curt and if convicted he faces up to 25 years to life in prison.

 

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Shots fired in South Ozone Park


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Shots were fired Monday night in South Ozone Park‘s  Police Officer Edward Byrne Park, according to police.

No one was hurt in the 8 p.m. shooting, and according to witnesses,  the shooter was a man who fired into the air, cops said. Officers recovered a bullet shell from the park and they were able to verify that nobody had been admitted to the hospital with the bullet.

Police noted that the shots fired come as a surprise to them because the area doesn’t have many shootings.

The park is currently sealed off as the investigation continues. No arrests have been made.

 

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Police arrest St. Albans teen for firing gun in Jamaica


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Cops arrested a fleeing 19-year-old shooter who fired two rounds at a group of people in Jamaica.

Michael Jones of St. Albans got into a verbal dispute with the group around 11:20 p.m. on Saturday near Merrick Boulevard and 119th Avenue, police said.

Jones pulled out a gun from his waist and started to shoot the people, cops said. No one was injured, according to officials.

Officers that were driving nearby jumped out of an unmarked car and chased Jones, who threw away his gun before he fled, authorities said.

Jones was caught and arrested around Merrick and Baisley boulevards. He was charged with weapon possession, reckless endangerment and resisting arrest, according to police.

The incident was the second shooting that occurred on Merrick Boulevard on Saturday. A 35-year-old man was shot dead on Saturday morning inside Edge Bar and Lounge on the boulevard, cops said.

Police did not reveal whether the incidents are connected.

 

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Laurelton shooting leaves one dead, another injured


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Updated Tuesday, May 27, 11:35 a.m.

A 20-year-old was killed outside his Laurelton home Monday in a shooting that left another man injured, police said.

The two men were shot at about 2:35 a.m. at 137th Avenue near 219th Street, cops said.

The victim, identified by police as Dowayne Henry, suffered a gunshot wound to the head and abdomen, and was pronounced dead at the scene, officials said. A second man, 25, was shot in the back and taken to Jamaica Hospital in stable condition.

Both shooting victims are believed to have no criminal records, reports said. Henry was a hard-working man, with two jobs, who had aspirations of going back to college and playing basketball, according to the New York Daily News.

Police are still looking for the gunman, who was wearing a gray hoodie, the Daily News also reported.

 

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Video captures gunman opening fire at Flushing bowling alley entrance


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Cops have released surveillance footage showing a gunman firing into the entrance of a Flushing bowling alley after the shooting left a man injured.

The incident happened just after 10 p.m. Saturday at Jib Lanes on Parsons Boulevard, police said.

The suspect, who started firing outside the bowling alley before running inside, unloaded about five shots, striking a 36-year-old man in the back and thigh, cops said. He then fled on foot.

The victim was taken to New York Hospital Queens, where he was listed in stable condition as of Monday evening.

Police describe the suspect as black, in his mid- to late-30s, about 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall and with a medium build.

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

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Man wanted in non-fatal LIC shooting


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Police are looking for a 33-year-old man they say shot three people in March at the NYCHA Queensbridge South Houses in Long Island City.

On Sunday, March 23 Shalarmel Nieves left a party he was attending near 41-16 12th St. at 1:35 a.m. and a short time later came back and began shooting at a group of people standing in front of 41-16 12th St., according to cops.

Nieves shot three victims and then fled the scene. A 50-year-old woman, was shot in the leg and taken to Mt. Sinai Hospital, a 25-year-old man, was shot in the foot and taken to Cornell Hospital, and a 23-year-old man was shot in the leg and taken to Lenox Hill Hospital. All three were listed in stable condition, police said.

The NYPD describe Nieves as 5 feet 8 inches tall, Hispanic and 175 pounds.

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

 

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Former cop charged with murder in shooting of wife in Ozone Park


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Photo: NYPD Transit Bureau

Updated Monday, April 21, 10:45 a.m.

A former cop has been arrested for murder after allegedly shooting his wife during a domestic dispute in Ozone Park Saturday morning.

Police responded to the 104th Street home at about 11 a.m. and found 40-year-old Jessica Canty shot multiple times in the chest, the NYPD said.

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The victim was taken to Jamaica Hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival.

Kevin Canty, 43, the victim’s husband, was caught shortly after the shooting and a firearm was also recovered, cops said.

Canty is a former NYPD officer, according to published reports.

He has been charged with second-degree murder and criminal use of a firearm, police said.

 

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Police fatally shoot armed man in Astoria who allegedly shot, killed daughter


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Updated Sunday, April 13, 11:05 a.m.

Cops shot and killed an elderly man who they believe fatally shot his daughter inside an Astoria home Saturday, police said.

Officers arrived at the 38th Street residence about 11:15 a.m. in response to a 9-1-1 call of a family dispute involving a gun, officials said. According to a police source, the caller said he had shot his daughter and a dog.

Two cops were confronted by a man, identified by police as 86-year-old Jack Calvello, who was holding a shotgun. The officers told Calvello to drop his weapon, police said. He then allegedly turned in the direction of the cops, and one of the officers shot him once in the torso.

Calvello was taken to Mt. Sinai Queens, where he was pronounced dead.

His 65-year-old daughter, identified as Carolann Matyka, was found in the kitchen with a gunshot wound to the head and taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center, cops said. She was pronounced dead about 3:45 p.m.

A dog was also found inside the home with a neck injury and it was removed by the ASPCA for treatment, police said.

A 12-gauge shotgun was recovered at the scene and the investigation continues, according to the NYPD.

 

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Police: Drive-by shooting kills teen, injures second in Jamaica


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A drive-by shooting in Jamaica Sunday afternoon left a 17-year-old dead and another teen wounded, cops said.

The victims were standing on Lakewood Avenue about 3:20 p.m. when a vehicle pulled up and gunfire erupted from the passenger side, officials said. The car, described as a blue sedan, then fled, police said.

Khalil Bowlin was hit once in the torso and taken to Jamaica Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to cops.

The second victim, an 18-year-old man, suffered a gunshot wound to the leg and was transported to Jamaica Hospital in stable condition.

Police are still looking for the shooter.

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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Friday: Cloudy with light rain developing this afternoon. High 58. Winds SSW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 60%. Friday night: Cloudy skies early, followed by partial clearing. Low 43. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph.

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Police are searching for a man who allegedly exchanged fire with another shooter in Laurelton  last month.

The suspect, who goes by the nickname “Tony Ray Ray,” unloaded his gun while on Merrick Boulevard near 231st Street about 4:45 a.m. on Feb. 11, cops said.

No one was injured in the shooting, according to officials.

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

 

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