2004-10-28 / Front Page

REWARD OFFERED IN JULY HOMICIDE

By Charles Rogers

Raheem Edwards, fugitive suspect wanted in killing of 17-year-old on July 4.
Raheem Edwards, fugitive suspect wanted in killing of 17-year-old on July 4. Crime Stoppers and the NYPD last week an-nounced they are offering a $2,000 reward for the “arrest and indictment” of a suspect wanted in a homicide on East 98 Street last July.

Officials from the 69th Precinct Detective Squad said the suspect, Raheem Edwards, 23, whose original home is in California, allegedly killed 17-year-old Daniel Springer in front of 1392 East 98 Street on the Fourth of July while Edwards was involved in an argument with another man. Cops noted that the victim was “only a bystander” and was not involved in the argument.

Sources said the dispute took place at about 3:30 p.m. on Avenue L between East 98 Street and Rock-away Parkway. Hearing the commotion from his house just around the corner, Springer went to his front porch to see two men — the current boyfriend and ex-boyfriend of a local woman — as they started to engage in a fight.

The ex-boyfriend got into a friend’s car, which sped off, but returned moments later and one of the friend’s comrades got out of the car wielding a gun. according to witnesses’ reports.

The man holding the gun, allegedly Edwards, then announced: “I’ve got to shoot somebody!” and began firing at random.

Hearing the shots, Springer ran down his driveway and was shot three times as he tried to escape through two backyards, police said. He was taken to Brookdale Hospital by Emergency Medical Service paramedics and died at the hospital about an hour after being brought to the emergency room. Meanwhile, the shooter escaped in an unknown di-rection.

The suspect is described as black, five-foot, ten-inches tall and weighing about 220 pounds. He goes by the name of “Radio.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS or the 69th Precinct Detective Squad at (718) 257-6215. All calls will be kept confidential. The reward will be paid by a special code number so that the informant’s name is not divulged at any time.

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