2009-05-07 / Other News

Probe Shooting In Parking Lot At Burger King

By Charles Rogers

A 21-year-old resident of East New York was shot early Saturday apparently as a result of a "stare down" between his group and a similar gang of youths and subsequent fight in the parking lot in front of the Burger King Restaurant on Rockaway Parkway near Avenue L. Police said the victim was shot once in the arm and there were no other injuries during a melee that preceded the shooting. The name of the victim was not released and police are still looking for the shooter.

According to a report filed at the 69th Precinct, the victim and five friends were hanging out in front of the fast food restaurant shortly before 3 a.m. on May 2 when the group of four or five others came walking through the lot and, according to witnesses, got into a "stare down" contest that led to an argument. The first group eventually chased the others away, chasing them west on Avenue L, which is adjacent to the restaurant.

The victim told police he and his friends returned to the lot and, about five minutes later, two members of the other gang came back. One of them pulled a silver automatic from his belt and fired one shot at the victim's group, striking the 21-year-old in the right arm. The shooter and his accomplice then fled west on Avenue L.

The victim was immediately taken to Brookdale Hospital by a friend, as witnesses, who had taken cover, frantically called police.

When patrol officers arrived, they received a call from the emergency room at the hospital that there was a young man there with a bullet wound to his arm.

Detectives were dispatched to Brookdale and interviewed the victim, who had been pronounced in stable condition by E.R. personnel.

A canvass of the scene of the shooting produced no clues but detectives were viewing surveillance cameras.

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 confidential.

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