BREUKELEN MAN SHOT BY UNKNOWN ASSAILANT
By Charles Rogers
A 23-year-old man who had been "hanging out" with a group of friends in front of his apartment building in the Breukelen Houses complex last Thursday night was shot once in the chest by an unknown attacker, police said.
The victim, whose name was not been released by police, was taken by Emergency Medical Service paramedics. to Brookdale Hospital wherehis condition was last reported as "guarded," although cops said his wound was not life threatening.
Officials from the 69th Precinct Detective Squad said the man had been talking with his friends in front of his building at 108-39 Flatlands Ave-nue at about 9:45 p.m. when a man wearing a dark, hooded sweater came up to them and pulled a handgun from under his sweater and started shooting at the group.
Although witnesses said about nine shots could be heard, only one hit the victim and none of the other members of the group was shot. De-tectives said the one that struck the resident went in his chest and came out his lower back.
Witnesses said they saw the shooter run across the yard at the corner of East 108th Street and Flatlands Ave-nue, jump into an SUV that had been waiting for him and the vehicle sped west. Later, nine shell casings and other ballistics evidence were found on the grounds of the project building.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact the detective squad at (718) 257-6215 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.