2009-10-01 / Front Page

COPS PROBE TWO LOCAL SHOOTINGS

By Charles Rogers

Officials from the 69th Precinct Detective Squad are investigating the events surrounding two shootings in the usually-quiet local streets, one that occurred last Thursday and another that happened last Saturday night. There were no fatalities in the incidents and police did not release the names of those concerned.

In the first shooting, which happened at about 8 p.m. on September 24, a 19-year-old resident of East 91st Street was shot once in the hip as he walked on Avenue M near East 92nd Street.

When police arrived after being called by local neighbors who heard the gunshots, they saw the victim standing in front of a store and leaning on a parked car. Emergency Medical Service paramedics were called and took him to Brookdale Hospital, where attendants said his wound was not life threatening.

Detectives, in the meantime, interviewed witnesses at the scene of the shooting and were told they heard the gunshots and shortly thereafter the victim came into the store and proceeded to the rear. The shooter then came to the front entrance and fired two more shots at the victim. He then fled from the location into a dark sedan driven by an apparent accomplice, police said.

Detectives said that Emergency Service Unit officers picked up six spent shell casings on the street and two spent bullets in the store.

Two days later, local police responded to a call from Brookdale Hospital that a man had been taken to its emergency room after having been shot on East 92nd Street and Conklin Avenue after attending a party in the area.

Police said the 18-year-old resident of East 83rd Street told them that while he was at the party, he became involved in an argument. He and some others “stepped outside” to continue the dispute, he said, when one of the men pulled out a gun and began shooting, hitting the victim once in the leg and once in the left hip. The gunman then fled in an unknown direction and the victim was taken to the hospital by private means. Brookdale officials said his wounds were not fatal.

Detectives said six .45 caliber shell casings were discovered around the intersection of East 92nd Street and Conklin Avenue.

Anyone with information on either 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.

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