Man shot in Kew Gardens during Xmas Eve scuffle

Police said a man was shot in the head at a Kew Gardens apartment on Union Turnpike (pictured) on Christmas Eve. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Neighbors in a Kew Gardens apartment complex were shocked to hear a bullet cut through the air on Christmas Eve and then see emergency responders rush a man wearing a g-string thong and bra into an ambulance.

Police said the victim was brought to Jamaica Hospital with a gunshot wound to the head in critical condition. He was expected to survive.

Residents at 119-14 Union Tnpk. said they believed the victim was involved with prostitution before the shooting, but did not expect his behavior to culminate into a pool of blood and an unwrapped condom spilling out from under his fourth floor apartment door.

One man who lives in the building said he and his wife heard a scuffle and shouting shortly after 8 p.m. Dec. 24. A gunshot sounded, followed by the patter of someone running down the stairs.

The neighbor said his wife called the police and rushed upstairs, where she saw the victim bleeding in a thong and bra. She urged the victim’s friend to use a towel to put pressure on his wounds until paramedics arrived and carried him out. Police and the neighbors described the shooter as a black man believed to be about 25 with a 6-foot, 160-pound frame. Authorities said he was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt. Neighbors reported that he was carrying a long silver pistol.

Neither the NYPD, Jamaica Hospital nor the Queens district attorney’s office would discuss the victim’s condition.

Neighbors said the victim was often seen leading people who did not appear familiar with the area from the courtyard up to his apartment. There was often traffic coming in and out of his fourth floor home.

“I’ve seen him meeting them out from and exchanging money,” said one resident, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of his safety.

A second resident said he confronted the victim after many tenants complained that strangers were knocking on their doors looking for him. The victim denied that he was involved in prostitution and said he had many friends who often came to visit him.

“He was very friendly and respectful,” said the neighbor, who also requested to remain anonymous. “It’s just the kind of people he would bring around.”

Reach reporter Sarina Trangle at 718-260-4546 or by e-mail at

Updated 12:32 am, July 10, 2018
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susan from queens says:
Wow, what a way to die!....not a way I would want to die if I were a man
Dec. 31, 2013, 1:36 pm
resident from brooklyn says:
Fortunately, he isn't dead.
Jan. 11, 2014, 9:37 pm
John from Kew Gardens says:
If he's still alive then he could identify his assailant. There is no indication that police have received that info from the victim of the assault and rumors in the neighborhood have circulated that he is indeed deceased. The right to information would be granted if there was no danger to anyone's life. If he were dead then ifo would be released. The lack of info indicates that the police are trying to protect and serve the victim and his identity.
Jan. 15, 2014, 8:41 am
Gary from Brooklyn says:
Obviously it was a robbery regardless if he was wearing a thong or not no one deserves to get shot in the head like that....he wasn't a danger to no one wearing a thong... I hope they catch who did it,,,,,not everyone is a friend,,,
Feb. 13, 2014, 8:40 pm
Marc from Kew Gardens says:
Gary, no robbery was involved. The assaulted man was running transsexuals out of his apartment. Prostitution not robbery. He was gay and wore a thong on X-Mas eve. It's Sex trafficing not robbery. Read the article again please.
Feb. 14, 2014, 2:06 pm
Vicky from Kew gardens says:
Hope and pray he's alright regardless to whatever this article has to say.. And Marc I've read the article I don't think it's sex trafficking neither a robbery I see it as he trusted the wrong people in his life
Feb. 18, 2014, 2:18 am
Marc from Kew Gardens says:
Hey Vicky, Just in case you couldn't read everything posted about the "Christmas Eve Scuffle", I live here and the victim and the shooter exchanged money prior to the perp entering the building, proceeding to the fourth floor, where a "scuffle" occured. The scuffle was not a fight but three shots from a long nosed handgun. They found numerous pools of blood both inside and outside the apartment where the homo lived and worked selling the services of transvestites and obviously upset a buyer by the revelations of penises rather that vaginas. After the shooting, the victim was escorted to an amulance wearing a bra and panties and a condom was found by the front door. This is a case of "buyers remorse" where the guy paid for services not provided in the manner represented by the pimp. Try to get your facts straight before uttering opinons based on fantasy or on nothing. The guy was running a tranny brothel out of his apartment. All in Kew Gardens have found out the story.
Feb. 21, 2014, 5:53 pm
Marc from Kew Gardens says:
He was a pimp who trusted a John in a sex transaction gone terribly wrong. You cant mess with men like that.
Feb. 21, 2014, 5:54 pm
Anthony L from Kew Gardens says:

Take Care of yourselves. as Well
March 20, 2014, 3:33 pm
Lou from Forest hills says:
Smh ——ing ——
Feb. 20, 2016, 7 pm
Anthony L from Kew gardens says:
These piece of —— Alcholic tenants need to do there own inventory instead of giving false information
April 22, 2017, 5:57 pm

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