Shootings kill three over weekend

Cody Kahn's mother Helen Kahn speaks about her son. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Three people were murdered during the weekend in Queens as a wave of violence took its toll on the borough from Corona to Queens Village to South Jamaica.

A father of two was shot and killed just after sunset on an East Elmhurst street Saturday, police said.

At 5:45 p.m., police responded to a 911 call and found George Portillo, 31, shot in the torso a block from his house on 94th Street, according to the NYPD.

EMS also responded to the scene and took Portillo to Elmhurst Hospital, where he was pronounced dead upon arrival, the NYPD said.

As of Monday morning, no arrests had been made.

Portillo, also known as “Rent,” worked at a music production company called Ondablock Productions, but was planning to open his own printing and graphic design company Tuesday, according to his little brother, who did not want to be identified.

Less than 24 hours later a 20-year-old man was shot and killed in South Jamaica early Sunday morning in what witnesses described as a barrage of gunfire.

At about 1:15 a.m., police received a call of shots fired near the corner of Sutphin Boulevard and 123rd Avenue and arrived to find Cody Kahn, of 145th Road in Springfield Gardens, shot in the chest, the NYPD said.

EMS also responded and pronounced Kahn dead at the scene, according to the NYPD.

One neighbor, who did not want to be named, described hearing the shots and looking out her window. She saw someone pulling a man, who was not moving, into a driveway between a car and the steps to a house.

According to witnesses who spoke with police, another man was also shot.

Neighbors described hearing at least five gunshots ring out in a single volley, although others put the number at around eight.

Several hours later on Sunday a 28-year-old man who went by the street name “Tragedy” was fatally shot in the driver’s seat of a car in Queens Village, police said.

At around 5:45 a.m., police received a call of shots fired near the corner of 209th Place and 111th Road, according to the NYPD.

When officers arrived, they found the man, who friends said was named Jamal, slumped over the steering wheel of a 2011 blue Nissan Altima, according to the NYPD.

Another man, 31, was lying on the sidewalk. Each had gunshot wounds to the chest, the NYPD said.

The two men were taken by EMS to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, where the man was pronounced dead and the other man was listed in stable condition, the NYPD said.

Updated 2:04 pm, February 6, 2012
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