2005-05-12 / Front Page


Police said gunman came up behind five men on Breukelen Houses lawn. Charles RogersPolice said gunman came up behind five men on Breukelen Houses lawn. Charles Rogers By Charles Rogers

Captain Ralph Monteforte, commanding officer of the 69th Precinct, along with officials from the precinct’s detective squad, are holding off on releasing pertinent information on the shooting of three men near Flatlands Avenue last Monday evening except to say that their injuries are not life-threatening and “the investigation is continuing.”

The shooting took place just outside 764 East 105 Street, a building in the Breukelen Houses project, at about 9:15 p.m., according to NYPD spokesperson Police Officer Jennara Everleth.

“Five men were standing in front of the building,” said Everleth, “when one man approached them from a grassy area behind them and began firing.”

She said three of the victims, ages 29, 26, and 23, were hit: a 29-year old in the buttocks, a 26-year old in the lower body and a 23-year old in the foot. Names and addresses of the victims were not released.

The first victim was taken to Kings County Hospital and the other two were taken to Brookdale Hospital, by Emergency Medical Service ambulances. The trio was listed in stable condition after examination at the respective hospitals.

The victims told investigating officers that they were only “bystanders who got in the way of a shooting,” one police source said.

Everleth said there was no description of the shooter, who ran away immediately after the incident.

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call the 69th Precinct Detective Squad at (718) 257-6215 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.

All calls will be kept strictly confidential, police said.

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