Qns Village man shot dead

Police tape surrounds the Queens Village house where Travis Adams, 24, was shot and killed. Photo by Steve Mosco
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A 24-year-old man was killed by gunfire in the Queens neighborhood where he lived early Saturday, police said.

Travis Adams was found in a driveway on 212th Street near 104th Ave. in Queens Village at 4:45 a.m. with three bullet wounds, police said, after a 911 call alerted them to the shooting. According to the cops, Adams lived just steps away from where he was killed.

Adams had been shot twice in the torso and once in the shoulder, according to police, and EMS took him to Long Island Jewish Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police tape surrounded the residence and a police officer from the 105th Precinct parked at the corner of 104th Avenue and 212th Street, keeping area residents out walking dogs on the hot summer day from wandering into the crime scene.

“Can I walk through here?” asked Martin Landell while walking his dog, Salty. “I thought this was a good neighborhood, not great, but not bad either.”

The afternoon following the shooting, neighbors were mostly unaware that any incident had occurred early that morning.

Herman Morrison, who lives nearby, said he had the air conditioner running all night and did not hear the gunshots or any commotion at all.

“I didn’t know anything happened until I saw the police tape this morning,” said Morrison, who has lived in the Queens Village neighborhood since 1991 but did not know the victim. “It’s crazy. This is a pretty quiet neighborhood. When I saw the [police] tape, I didn’t think it was a shooting. It’s sad that the young man died.”

But another neighbor, who would only give her name as Sheila, gave a different view of the neighborhood she believes is not as safe and quiet as it once was.

“There are more and more questionable types of people hanging around here lately. I don’t know the victim, so I can’t talk about his character, but the vibe here has been getting worse,” she said, adding she would like to see more police patrols in the area. “No one deserves to be shot like that in the street and left for dead. I’m praying for the family.”

The victim’s distraught family chose not to comment on the shooting, but one young man walking from the victim’s house asked for “prayers and privacy.”

There were no suspects as of late Monday and police had not made any arrests yet in the ongoing investigation. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.

Reach reporter Steve Mosco by e-mail at or by phone at 718-260-4546.

Updated 1:51 pm, July 3, 2012
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