A 21-year-old Jamaica man with hopes of earning a high school diploma was shot dead early Tuesday morning in the eastern stretches of Richmond Hill, police said.
Hours later, an unidentified 51-year-old man was found dead a few miles away, across the Van Wyck Expressway in South Jamaica. Police said it was not clear whether the two deaths were related.
On Wednesday, police from the 102nd Precinct arrested 21-year-old Clyde Mottley of 102-26 Van Wyck Expressway and he was charged with second-degree murder, said Officer Charles Larkin, a police spokesman.
The victim, Ronald Beepat, whose mother said he lived in an apartment in Jamaica with three sisters, was shot in the head three times at about 1:20 a.m. Tuesday, said John Buthorn, a police department spokesman. Beepat was taken to Jamaica Hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly later, police said.
The shooting took place in front of 102-15 134th St., a residential neighborhood close to the Van Wyck Expressway in eastern Richmond Hill once known as a crime-ridden neighborhood before a citywide decline in crime began in the early 1990s.
Last month, a 14-year-old girl was raped and shot dead in a house on 95th Avenue, just blocks from where Tuesday
©2000 Community News Group
By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms:
You agree that you, and not TimesLedger.com or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site. You grant to TimesLedger.com the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part world-wide and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.