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Three Shootings Take Place at Queensbridge Houses in Past Week

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July 3, 2018 By Christian Murray

There have been three separate shootings at Queensbridge Houses in the past week, the Astoria Post has learned.

The incidents come at a time when there has been an uptick in shootings at public housing developments in Astoria and Long Island City, according to the 114th Precinct.

The first shooting took place at Queensbridge on Tuesday, June 26 at 4:15 a.m., when a 35-year-old man was shot in the right leg in front of 41-09 12th Street, police said.

The victim went to Mt. Sinai Hospital on his own accord in stable condition. The police were notified about the gunshot and he was arrested since there were many open warrants for his arrest.

The following day, at 3 p.m., a 32-year-old man was shot in the left leg in front of 41-10 Vernon Blvd after getting into a dispute. He was taken to Mt Sinai Hospital in stable condition and was later transferred to St Luke’s Hospital. There have been no arrests.

Then on Monday, a 25-year-old man was shot in the left leg in front of 41-03 10th Street at around 1:40 a.m. by an unknown suspect. Police said the victim was uncooperative and that he claimed he heard gunshots before discovering that he had been shot in the leg.

Last Tuesday, at the 114th Community Precinct Meeting, Deputy Inspector Osvaldo Nunez said that shootings on housing developments continue to be a problem. He said that there are five known crews in Queensbridge Houses. A crew consists of between 15 and 30 members and are known for getting into disputes with other groups.

“Three shootings in seven days is a lot,” said Raymond Normandeau , who has lived at Queensbridge Houses since 1973 and runs the website dedicated to the public housing development. However, “we are accustomed to this. If we were in a suburban area people would be horrified.”

He said that the problem isn’t as bad as the days of the crack epidemic. “Back then we would hear gun shots from our apartment two or three times a week. Recently, it’s been about one a month.”

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Sarah Rosen

I grew up in the Ravenswood housing projects in the late 1950s and 1970s and there has always been constant crime in Queensbury. It’s like every generation that’s been there since doesn’t want to do anything to make it better and safer. It’s sad.


Deblasio is slowly but surely taking us back to the grimy 80’s & unfortunately the millennials/transplants have not been around long enough to see the ugly side of NYC. They are fudging the crime stats! Deblasio has neutered the police & decriminalized smoking pot, public urination, boozing, loitering in parks after dark, etc.. NYC is a large, densely populated city with a lot of crazies. We need to stop these maniacs from hacking up kids in the Bronx, slashing random people in Brooklyn or shooting people in Queens. We need to bring back Stop & Frisk and the Broken Window policy. Proven policies that reduce crime & improve quality of life in NYC. After Deblasio we are going to need major damage control…


Make sure you enjoy being stopped randomly minding your own business..better yet how about you don’t it being your kids? Nobody should have to sacrifice their rights being violated just to make others feel cozy and had better be careful what you wish for.


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