Police say a gunman riding a scooter randomly opened fire in many locations in Queens and Brooklyn, killing an 86-year-old man and wounding three others. Police arrested 25-year-old Thomas Abreu on Sunday, charging him with murder, attempted murder, and criminal possession of a weapon.
Both a scooter and a 9mm handgun with an extended magazine were found. “I remember waking up in a pool of blood and people around me – blacked out and woke up here I the hospital,” said Cesar Martinez. Martinez, still in the hospital with a bullet in his shoulder, discussed Abreu.
“Lucky they got him, he only got four people – he would go to get a lot more,” Martinez said. At roughly 11:10 a.m., a 21-year-old male was shot in the shoulder near the junction of Ashford Street and Arlington Avenue in Brooklyn. The suspect, who was riding a scooter, is believed to have fled the scene.
Police said he is in stable condition after being rushed to Brookdale Hospital Medical Center. Hamoo Saeidi, 86, was discovered outside 108-19 Jamaica Avenue in the Richmond Hill neighborhood of Queens with a gunshot wound to the back 17 minutes later. Saeidi was rushed to the hospital, but he ultimately passed away there.
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Shortly after that, a man on a scooter opened fire on a crowd of people waiting at the corner of 108th Street and Jamaica Avenue in Queens, but luckily no one was harmed. At 11:35 a.m. on 126th Street and Hillside Avenue, a man in his forties was shot in the face. He was in critical condition when he was brought to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center.
A 63-year-old man was shot in the right shoulder just two minutes later near the intersection of Jamaica Avenue and 134th Street. His health was stable enough for him to be transported to the hospital in Jamaica. The sixth shooting wasn’t discovered by police until much later. A man in his forties was standing at the corner of Jamaica Avenue and 131st Street at 11:36 p.m. when shots were fired at him.
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The man then ran away from the scene. There were no hits on the victim from the gunshots. Edward Caban, the acting commissioner of the New York Police Department, claimed that officers had “fanned out across Queens” with a photo of the suspect in hand.
A photo of the culprit was distributed to every NYPD officer after Caban requested a “critical message.” After 1 o’clock in the afternoon, police from the 103rd and 113th Precincts in Queens used it to identify the suspect and make an arrest.
“The 9mm pistol had an extended magazine. Given the violence, this individual was willing to carry out, I want to express my gratitude to the men and women in the NYPD,” added Caban. Police said Abreu’s sole prior arrest was for a traffic infraction.
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