Man shot, female passenger killed after gunmen open fire on car in Queens

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Thursday, December 28, 2023
Man shot, woman killed after gunmen open fire on car in Queens
Lindsay Tuchman has the latest details.

RICHMOND HILL, Queens (WABC) -- An injured man drove his sedan, riddled with bullets, to a Jamaica, Queens, police precinct after gunmen opened fire Tuesday night -- killing his passenger.

The 39-year-old driver was shot multiple times in the chest when the gunmen opened fire on a black Honda double parked outside Xscape, a nightclub on the corner of 127th Street and Liberty Avenue in Richmond Hill, just after 11:55 p.m.

He drove to the 103rd Precinct on 91st Avenue, where he parked the shot up sedan with New Jersey license plates on the corner and sought help.

His 28-year-old female passenger was struck in the head by the gunfire and pronounced dead at the scene. She was later identified as Clarisa Burgos of Brooklyn.

Police said the gunmen opened fire on both sides of the vehicle and fired at least 16 times.

Surveillance video captured two men who approached the car from across the street and started firing before a third person joined in. The shooters then run away and the car quickly zooms off.

The driver was taken to Jamaica Hospital and said to be stable. Police say he has at least 29 prior arrests and preliminarily believe he was the intended target, not the young woman who died.

Some residents in the neighborhood were shocked to hear what happened.

"Scared because I live here 40 something years," said Kris Rampersad.

"I'm really surprised because we never heard of things over here in this area," said Honey Bindra.

However, Fareeza Haraish, who lives nearby, says this shooting doesn't surprise her.

"This is not the first time I'm hearing about like shoot outs or anything, it's not a shock to me, this is why I stay away from these kind of clubs around here because it's scary, there's a lot of violence going on," Haraish said.

No arrests were immediately made and the motive for shooting is unclear.

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