One dead, five wounded in Queens shooting

May 23, 2010 5:46:51 PM PDT
A family is searching for answers and overwhelmed with grief after 20-year old Dane Freeman was shot and killed early Sunday.

He was one of six people gunned down during a barbecue around 2:30 a.m. Sunday in the Springfield Gardens neighborhood, near John F. Kennedy International Airport, apparently as a party was ending.

The party started out as an impromptu reunion of people in their 20s who attended the same junior high school.

Word of the get-together spread on Twitter and Facebook. Witnesses say as many as 200 people gathered, turning the event into a block party of sorts.

Without warning shots were fired and six people were hit.

Freeman, hailed as a good kid, was shot in the head and dead at the scene.

The five wounded include two men, ages 25 and 21, who were each shot in the leg; a 23-year-old man who was shot in back; a 22-year-old woman shot in the shoulder; and a 21-year-old woman who was shot in both hands. All five of them are in stable condition.

This is the second such incident in the neighborhood in a matter of days. Last weekend: another house party and another shooting with one dead, five injured.

Sha'heed Momahammed's 17-year old son was killed last week. He blames outsiders for the violence. As an Imam he vows to rally the community.

In the meantime another family mourns while police investigate whether Sunday's shooting was retaliation for last weekend's violence.

The New York City Police Department is seeking the public's assistance identifying the suspect. He is described as black man, 20-25 years old, approx 5'8, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and dark pants. CLICK HERE to see a sketch of the suspect.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477).