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 2 Killed in Gun Violence Incidents

By Katie McFadden

 It was a sad week for gun violence across the peninsula. Among several different incidents, a Far Rockaway rapper and a 14-year-old Arverne teen were both killed.

The stream of recent gun violence began last Wednesday, July 27 when gunshots were heard around Beach 67th Street and Rockaway Freeway. Police found an 18-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the leg. A gunman had allegedly fired shots into the train, striking the young man. He was transported to Brookdale Hospital in stable condition. This incident remains under investigation and no arrests have been made.

On Saturday, July 30, just after 11:30 p.m., a woman was shot twice near Beach 38th and Beach Channel Drive. She drove herself to St. John’s Hospital to be treated. On Sunday, just after 1 a.m., a man was shot in the back on Beach 17th Street. He was transported to Jamaica Hospital.

Just after 10 a.m. on Sunday, July 31, police from the 101st Precinct responded to a call of a man shot on Beach 38th Street near Bayswater Park. Anthony Edwards, 36, had been shot just a few blocks from his home. He was shot in the head and pronounced dead at the scene by EMS. Edwards was also known as a local rapper named King Jigg.

On Monday, August 1 at around 9:30 p.m., officers from the 100th Precinct responded to a 911 call for a person shot at a home in the vicinity of Hillmeyer Avenue and Beach 69th Street. Upon arrival officers found an 18-year-old male with gunshot wounds to both his face and hand. The victim was immediately transported to Jamaica Hospital where he is listed as critical condition.

The following morning on August 2 at 7:15 a.m., officers responded to an unconscious juvenile male in the driveway of a home in the same vicinity of the shooting. The 14-year-old boy named Shawn Frye, found with at least one gun shot wound, was pronounced dead at the scene. It is believed at this time both shooting victims are a result of the same incident involving a drive-by shooting.

Queens Royal Priesthood will hold a shooting response on Thursday, August 4 at 4 p.m. at Beach 38th Street and Beach Channel Drive.

If anyone has information about any of these incidents, call 1-800-577-Tips or the 100th Precinct Detective Squad at 718-318-4223

By Katie McFadden

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