St. Albans shooting kills one teen, injures another

Police re-establish a crime scene on 197th Street Tuesday morning. Photo by Christina Santucci
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A St. Albans teen was shot and killed in front of his home early Tuesday, and his family believes he might have lived if taken to the hospital sooner.

“They had the ambulance here delaying him so long,” Joan Walters said about her 18-year-old son Tavoy Walters, who was shot once in his right shoulder.

A spokeswoman for the city Fire Department said emergency responders were called to 197th Street near Linden Boulevard at about 1:30 a.m. Two ambulances transported Tavoy Walters and a 22-year-old man, who had been shot in the left buttocks, to the hospital at 1:54 a.m., according to fire officials.

Tavoy Walters was taken to Jamaica Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, and the other man was brought to North Shore University Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition, according to police.

Joan Walters said her son had been sitting on a car in front of his home with two friends when six shots rang out. One of the friends was also shot and another lay flat on the ground beside the car to escape the bullets. Joan Walters said her son told her it was a drive-by shooting.

A spokesman for the NYPD said Tuesday afternoon that there had not yet been any arrests in the shooting.

After he was struck, Tavoy Walters ran into the house and woke up his mother, who got dressed and prepared to take him to the hospital by car.

“I was backing out and by the time I reached right here,” she said, pointing to the end of the driveway, “the police blocked the street and said, ‘The ambulance is on the way. I can’t leave.’ So I didn’t get to take him myself to the hospital.”

Tavoy Walters’ girlfriend, who declined to give her name, said, “He just kept screaming, ‘Get me to the hospital.’”

Joan Walters said that before her son was taken away, a police officer told her the bullet had pierced his lung.

“He said, ‘He’s not going to make it,’” Joan Walters said.

Joan Walters said she would have taken her son to North Shore University Hospital.

At about 10 a.m. Tuesday morning, police re-established a crime scene around the Walters’ home as grief-stricken friends comforted one another in the street. One pleaded to be allowed to lie down in Tavoy Walters’ bed, saying, “He’s not gone.”

Crystal Lark, who said Tavoy Walters was like a brother to her, lit candles decorated with the teen’s nickname, Hamo.

Lark described Walters as outgoing and funny.

“He kept us laughing,” she said.

Tavoy Walters planned to start his senior year at Martin Van Buren High School in the fall, his friends and family said.

“I just remember my child is so good to me,” his mother said.

Updated 6:26 pm, July 26, 2012
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Ebk from Northsiide says:
He sould of never died R.I.P Hamo...well miss u 4ever bro
July 25, 2012, 4 pm
OSG from Northside says:
Idc My Brother Could've lived
July 25, 2012, 4:52 pm
gstone 823 from brooklyn says:
Rest in peace lil scrap from ya Cuz 823getSTr8Cash
July 25, 2012, 5:07 pm
Lxwk3ky Blxxxdy F.R.A.G from ROCHDALE says:
Thixz hkurtxz zx Bahhd i Dxnt Nkxw wat T. Dx E.B.K^^ R.I.P TX MY BIG DXN
July 25, 2012, 5:51 pm
Hamo's EBK Sis from Northside says:
My bro would be here right now but noooo them damn cops had to be in the way . I hate them with a passion . IDC IDC IDC I LOVE YOU TAVOY AKA HAMO . LOVE AND MISS YOU ALWAYS . GONE BUT NEVER EVER FORGOTTEN !!!!!!
July 25, 2012, 6:05 pm
Capo from Northside says:
R.i.P hamo man gon but neva forgotten he definitley could of survived this that was some real —— i love u boi
July 25, 2012, 7:35 pm
Havoc from Northside says:
Rip Hamo . . Never forgotten.
July 25, 2012, 7:53 pm
ricky from southside says:
suwooooop Rip to the bro hamo
July 25, 2012, 7:58 pm
RubyKay from Northside says:
Its sad to hear about death when it could of been prevented , my prayers go out to his family & the rest of his close friends . We love you man :'(
July 25, 2012, 8:17 pm
DON from Northside says:
R.I.P Hamo , smh he was the broo
July 25, 2012, 9:04 pm
upset from northside says:
this is disgusting. 18 years old black men are going extinct. this young man had a chance to live , but the cops let him die.
July 25, 2012, 9:50 pm
kiwi from Brooklyn says:
Rip hamo.. my heart goes out to ya family and friends... I seen you a few times come in to the store …"(POPEYES)" with ya boys and them... you were so young with a looong life ahead of you I wish you could have had the oppurtunity to experince life a lil more. Well your in better hands now and just be that angle looking down on the ones that are really missing you.. again my heart go's out to your family and friends.. R.I.P

July 25, 2012, 11:34 pm
Top Dog 20s from Holliside says:
Hamo da DON My lil Brother forver! Facktz On Facktz (Hamo Voice)
July 26, 2012, 4:54 am
young d from northside says:
r.i.P HAMO d.a going to miss u, my prayers go out to ur fam and friends i love u bro and i kno u watching down on us, see u soon
July 26, 2012, 6:10 pm
bonnie from smo block says:
imma miss u forever babyboy ! imma always remember the good times we had if we could go back......dons up! ebk to smo ^^^l
July 26, 2012, 8:45 pm
angel from hollis says:
i miss you hamo i really wish you was at my crib right now rolling up some loud. im mad that the last memory i have of you was when you was on the floor telling us you was good just come to the hospital and when we got their my heart dropped that was the last time we seen ya face. i dont care what anybody say about you i know the real you. the sweet you. RIP HAMO COME AND VISIT ME ONE OF THESE DAYS IM NOT GUNNA BE SCARED
July 26, 2012, 8:54 pm
LowKeyShorty from hollis says:
damn rest easy hamo outta the few times ive seen you it was nothing but smiles and jokes . we all wish you was still here all tho we cant see you you will stay in our heats . Ez stay we happy you made it
July 27, 2012, 12:04 am
Unknown from Hollis says:
I remember when we went to Elementary p.s.116Q together then right after we would go to liberty park and play. It hurts a lot that someone you know pass away someone you grew up with. I think we need more programs in the community to keep our youth safe and busy to decrease gang activity (not saying this is the cause). Btw I don't have a problem w/police only the corrupted ones it makes us African Americans feel left out and causes us to build hate against them.

R.I.P Tavoy Aka Angel
P.s spread your wings boy =)
July 27, 2012, 1:10 am
rhonda from southside says:
R.I.P HAMOO u deff are missed boy my prayers go out to his family nd everyone else who heart he touched. . I just wish we can go back in time nd we can mack all over smh this is real nd i hate it
July 28, 2012, 5:47 pm
nsgGonnie from Stalbans says:
I seen you grow up boi boi you use to be with my lil brother its Sad I didn't know you like that but my heart goes out to your family nobody deserve to go like that Rip Hamo
July 28, 2012, 11:27 pm
rhoco from shadyville/northside says:
My ——in bro in tears right now ..words cant explain...we been own since day 1 bro ily
July 29, 2012, 3:29 am
4block gig from northside says:
Yoo still don't wanna believe dis..R.I.P. to the G'zz didn't get any realer than u my bro...and my heart goes out to the fam,and the hood...smh....
July 29, 2012, 9:02 am
joe says:
The kid was an animal.
Blood 4 life and respect no bi***es tatoos.
13 prior collars.
The world is a better place.
July 29, 2012, 1:18 pm
YBRU1700 from queens says:
RIP HAMO dam i love u bro .Tavoy i knew u for 10 years man to man i aint think ur death will hurt me this bad but im do what u want stop the crying and ride i love you my —— heart to heart
July 29, 2012, 9:15 pm
YBRU1700 from queens says:
RIP HAMO dam i love u bro .Tavoy i knew u for 10 years man to man i aint think ur death will hurt me this bad but im do what u want stop the crying and ride i love you my —— heart to heart
July 29, 2012, 9:15 pm
Gooniegoogoon from QU says:
They can stop and frisk but I will always have my protection w/ me. And somebody on son team should have chase that car. The mom should have ran the cops over, any judge would agree its an emergency.
July 31, 2012, 4:29 am
Gooniegoogoon from QU says:
I am pissed off. Use to live 2 blocks away but never b sitting duck the —— outside. I d k da kid but da hood is done. If the indians wont move in an area they you really in da hood. Strap up foolio. Bloomberg wants gun control but he is not protecting us. Now I know why our founding fathers agreed we should carry fire arms as citizens. Bloomy you will never beat the NRA.
July 31, 2012, 4:38 am
Gooniegoogoon from QU says:
Bloomberg is wrong on gun control. What those scared cops you got suppose to protect me but they busy stopping me for tnts or smoking weed. El Foolio
July 31, 2012, 4:41 am
tosh from floral park says:
My heart goes out to the mom. So true...he would have lived. My condolences..
Aug. 3, 2012, 10:46 am
Tamir says:
Tavoy none of them new you like I did I use to take you to Burger King were you use to cut up when you was 6 an 7 years old sorry I couldn't get you outta there (R.I.P) LOVE TAMIR
Aug. 25, 2012, 6:47 am
Just Another Mom from Orlando FL says:
R.I.P. , Tavoy. I didn't know you, but the thought of you screaming for help while the police blocked your mother from taking you to the hospital, fills my heart with pain... and rage.
My prayers are with your mom and your family. I see how many good friends you have, and I know you were very loved. Make your journey home in Peace, and Rest young brother.

Please.... Increase Tha Peace.
Aug. 27, 2012, 2:01 am
Just Another Mom from Orlando FL says:
To "Joe" - who on July 29th had the F*CKING AUDACITY to write that "the world is a better place" because this young man is dead.... If I were YOU, I would keep my filthy mouth SHUT, talking that kind of bullsh*t! How dare you?!! We are talking about a TEENAGER.... a HUMAN BEING.
You are probably the dirty cop who stopped Tavoy's mother from taking him to the hospital, knowing he would die without help!
Watch your back -are you really stupid enough to think that NOBODY at the scene was watching you....and didn't SEE what you did?? TRUST - somebody DID, and karma is a b*tch! Sooner or later, you are gonna run your mouth in the wrong place....and you just might find yourself face to face with Tavoy. And GOD only knows how many others you helped murder.
Aug. 27, 2012, 2:09 am
A mom from Queens N Y says:
Just Another Mom i agree with you 100% those cop that help to kill Tavoy they are going to have their day maybe they start eating garbage before they confess and die GOD IS NOT DEAD HE IS ALIVE go out there and catch de shooter find them you can sitting down not doing nothing wont help.
Aug. 28, 2012, 11:09 am
Blkgunz from North side says:
Damn smdfh This kid was my neighbor always peepin thru the window wen me n da homies was chillin he was a good kid too young for his life to be cut short over nonsense black people wake the -- up my condolences goes out to his family n friends of northside n who ever did the shooting god has sumthin in store for you
Sept. 7, 2012, 6:29 pm
scott strong says:
Tavoy i couldnt blieve it when they said you had passed away we were so close coming up espically in 238 and we used to hang out in liberty park go to is.8 if you saw tavoy you had seen me to be absent from the body is to be present with the lord and i know our father has you now. i will always miss you and love you bro
Oct. 4, 2012, 6:26 pm
DAMM B183D wats gongin frist darrly then hood now u —— now world feel small. Hamo was turned up fully goon always were RED to me my son never dead. he loved his family so much especially his mother. hamo was real selfish never past the blunt only if u had one to match..... always talking bout loud. the brazy part is he always have a quarter of green. HAMO WE MISS YOU AND WE LOVE FOREVER BOMPTON 183 DON Gz EBK STATIC .....
Oct. 5, 2012, 1 pm
My lil bro from Hollis says:
I miss you Bro may yu forever rest in peace Hamo
Oct. 31, 2012, 12:58 am
G.F Monster Goon from NorthSide Queenz says:
Yaoo r.i.p Hamo that was my big osbro and he stil is when i ckome home ihts statick i love u blood OSG to EBK to SMO
Dec. 9, 2012, 11:56 am
fannique from NORTHSIDE says:
to think the people that suppose to be helpin and protecting us only help kill us ( police ) R.I.P tavoy miss seeing you in the hood and in school and also to see everyone hurt and angry makes me even more hurt and angry smh gone but never for gotten northside miss you blood :(
Jan. 18, 2013, 2:27 pm
RIP HAMO EBK ^ i miss you big bro you know its still 1152 521
April 30, 2013, 11:14 am
GKB boy from Northside bully says:
Didnt kno tha homie but r.i.p. To tha homie Blood up
Sept. 25, 2013, 5:39 pm
First love from Queens says:
I still think about you everyday .. I miss you so much tavoy . I love you forever . Rest in peace love , I got your message btw I know your in a better place ( you look very handsome , like the first time I laid my eyes on you ) . I check on your mom every now and than and I always always always pray for your soul when I pray . I love you .
April 3, 2014, 2:58 am
unknown from northside says:
r.i.p big don we miss you blood yu in a better place and we still praying on you and i know yu looking down on us and yu watching over baby hamo r.i.p bigg hommie
April 19, 2014, 2:10 pm
bloody g stack from bloodhood says:
Rip young homie
July 27, 2014, 6:07 pm
bloody g stack from bloodhood says:
Blat 5x sleep in peace youngin
July 27, 2014, 6:07 pm
chaos from north side to hollid says:
Dam bro thats crazy you gone we had some fun ass day out there on the north. I scream rip Hamo everyday just to let you know you are never forgotten you still here with me when I smoke you smoke when I drink you drink you know what it is I'm going to miss you bro I'm going to see you at the crossroads soowooop
Dec. 5, 2014, 8:18 pm
Nicky from Queens says:
My troll that's what I always called you , I miss you more day by day come back & visit me . I'm mad you left this world mad at me bro . We dead was good friends , I should of never walked passed you that day without giving you a hug and talking like we usually do . We was so mad at each other . We shouldn't have held no grudges , look now life is to short for all that . I miss you OD HamO . Ebk till the end . You know ya Spanish sister will always love you regardless of anything . I miss you so fckn much ��
March 17, 2015, 2:07 am
Mr jaudon from Jamaica says:
Police never let his mother get to the hospital they played their part and no one was arrested so why couldnt she leave again what happened to the crime scene they cost precious time that could of saved his life I will never forget his spirit it lives they me
July 30, 2016, 7:01 pm

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