Cops hunt suspect in Ozone Park club slay

Police are asking the public's help in identifying and locating a suspect in the Ozone Park shooting death. Photo courtesy NYPD
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Police were asking the public’s help in identifying a man suspected in connection with the shooting death of a Rockaway Beach man early in the morning Monday outside an Ozone Park nightclub. The NYPD supplied what appears to be images from a surveillance camera showing the man sitting at a bar.

Boutin Williams, 22, was shot on 80th Street and Rockaway Boulevard, authorities said, near the Ozone Park club Flirt, where witnesses said the victim was fighting with several other individuals. Williams was shot in the back, according to police and the city medical examiner’s office.

A witness who did not want to give his name was watching from a convenience store as police put up crime tape at the scene. He said he spoke with a Flirt employee soon after the incident who said the victim and two or three other men were “talking trash” and fighting inside the club before getting kicked out by a bouncer.

“Once they got out of the club, they were fighting outside,” the man said. “And I guess one guy got p---ed off enough, went back to his car or wherever, grabbed his gun and just shot the guy.”

He said he lives a few blocks away from the club and heard about four or five shots fired.

“There was a pop, and then there was a pop, pop, pop, pop after that. Then that was it,” he said.

But the manager of Flirt, who also did not give his name, said there was no fighting inside the club and the venue had just closed around the time of the shooting. He said he was not sure whether Williams was ever inside the club and he had not heard the gunshots.

The victim’s friends put Williams in a car to drive him to a hospital and were pulled over by a patrol car after running several red lights, police said. EMS pronounced him dead at the scene, authorities said.

The man who was looking at the scene from the convenience store said he felt nervous after the incident but not surprised that it had happened.

“There’s more guns in this neighborhood alone than probably God knows where else,” he said. “It’s just so easy to get the access to the guns it’s not even funny.”

He said crime was “on and off” in the neighborhood and that there was another shooting in the area about two weeks ago.

The police said anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). Calls are confidential. Tips can also be submitted online at or by text at 274637 with the code TIP577.

Reach reporter Karen Frantz by email at or by phone at 718-260-4538.

Updated 12:37 am, August 30, 2012
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Dada from Far Rockaway says:
What a jerk...I pray they find hi now u gonna , was this called for, u gonna spend ur life in jail..
Aug. 29, 2012, 4:18 pm
Dada from Far Rockaway says:
Im disgusted, heartless dummy..Why shot, —— ass —— cant fight..William Boutin I grew up around n was my cousins Hardley and Sammuel best friend..I hate you murderer..The face, not the leg or arm but face. Sorry William now your at peace..You were a fighter forreal..
Aug. 29, 2012, 4:22 pm
nosy neighboor from ozone park says:
Heard the shots and wondered what happened. So young what a shame. I wonder if the police knows what kind of car the suspect drove. What was messed up was all the people that left the scene rather than stand up and do the right thing. We kept seeing a black oldish early 2000's surburban circle the block a few times. Keep asking myself if it was involved.
Aug. 30, 2012, 3:32 am
Ms Denota from Far Rockaway says:

The sorrow of the faithful
is not that of permanent loss,
but the tender sense of sadness
that comes in saying good-bye for now
to someone we love.
May today's sorrow give way
to the peace and
comfort of God's love.

Aug. 31, 2012, 1:37 pm
Ms Denota from Far Rockaway says:
The Lord's Prayer for children

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your Kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins,
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom,
the power and the glory are yours.
Now and for ever
Aug. 31, 2012, 1:52 pm
Nosy worker says:
I worked at the store and saw and heard everything. Was shocked to have seen that. There was arguing and many people talking an cursing. Once I heard the shots I dropped to the floor for a quick second. Called 911 saw the body dropped to the floor.. 3 men picked him up and put him in the car.. As soon as everyone heard the EMS and the police that's when everyone scrammed.. Hurts me that someone that young passed away for something that could of easily taken care of without guns.. Violence doesn't solve everything..
Sept. 24, 2012, 3:23 am
Syncere willam nephew from Farrock says:
I really love you unc r.i.p everytime i think of you i just dont wanna be bothered cause this crazy i really love you
July 22, 2017, 12:02 am

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