Dad dies six days after Jamaica shooting

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A Corona man who was shot last month during a mid-morning dispute on Sutphin Boulevard in Jamaica died from his injuries last week, police said.

David Dixon Jr., 32, of 58-03 Calloway St., was shot once in the head during an argument with another driver while his 4-year-old son sat in the backseat of his idling car in front of 109-20 Sutphin Blvd. around 8 a.m. March 28, police said.

Dixon, who was originally thought to be from Jamaica, was driving his son to a babysitter after getting breakfast, when he became embroiled in what police initially believed was a road-rage dispute, officers said. He was shot once in the head by another driver, who fled in a dark-colored Lexus, police said.

Dixon was taken to Mary Immaculate Hospital, where he remained in critical condition for nearly a week before succumbing to his injuries about 9:30 p.m. April 2, police said.

Dixon's son was not injured.

Although the dispute was first thought to be a traffic argument between two drivers, police were looking into a past disagreement in which Dixon had been involved, police said. No arrests were made.

Police were also continuing their investigation into the death of a Jamaica man who died five days after he was attacked. Abel Cruz, 23, of 147-38 97th Ave. in Jamaica, died just after 8 p.m. Friday, five days after he was beaten about the face and the head by another man, police said.

Cruz, who was treated at Mary Immaculate Hospital, fought with an unidentified man around 3:45 a.m. March 30 in front of 146-20 Jamaica Ave., police said.

Cruz was pronounced dead Friday, and the city medical examiner determined the death to be a homicide after an autopsy Sunday, police said.

No arrests were made in connection with Cruz's death.

Police have made an arrest in connection with the death of a 31-year-old Jamaica man who was stabbed once in the back just after 7 p.m. April 2 at the corner of 164th Street and 107th Avenue, police said.

Michael Blount, 19, of 178-22 130th Rd. in Springfield Gardens, was charged with second-degree murder on charges he killed Jerry Brooks, of 104-59 164th Ave. in Jamaica, according to a criminal complaint from the Queens district attorney's office.

Brooks and an unidentified man, 47, were attacked by a group of men, and in addition to Brooks' fatal wound, the second man was stabbed in the hand, police said. The motive behind the dispute was still unknown.

Blount was arraigned last Thursday, where he pleaded not guilty to the murder charge, and was remanded into custody, a spokeswoman for the DA said.

Reach reporter Courtney Dentch by e-mail at, or by phone at 718-229-0300, Ext. 138.

Posted 7:03 pm, October 10, 2011
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