South Jamaica man fatally shot in front of site of city’s first 2014 murder

Police tape hangs on a car in front of a home, where the NYPD says the first murder of the year occurred. Photo by Christina Santucci
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A 24-year-old man was shot dead Monday outside the same South Jamaica home where the year’s first murder victim was killed.

Darrell Lynch was shot in the leg as he was standing by his car outside a house on 113th Avenue between Sutphin Boulevard and 155th Street around 7:30 p.m, police said.

After he was hit by the bullet, Lynch got into his car and crashed into the house, and by the time emergency responders got him to Jamaica Hospital, he was dead, police said.

Authorities described the gunman as a heavy-set black man wearing all white and a matching doo-rag.

Earlier this year on New Year’s Day, 22-year-old Julio Mora was shot dead inside the same building on 113th Avenue.

Police arrested Sheldon Smith, 26, several weeks later in mid-May and charged him with Mora’s murder.

Relatives at Lynch’s home about a dozen blocks away from the crime scene declined to comment Tuesday morning.

Reach reporter Rich Bockmann by e-mail at or by phone at 718-260-4574.

Updated 11:53 am, May 12, 2014
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p from from southeast qnz says:
May 6, 2014, 2:26 pm
Joe Moretti from Jamaica says:
No big surprise in this hell hole area. I mean just look at that picture. No doubt the cars parked directly in front of those houses are illegal parking pads that the city did nothing about. That piece of crap apartment in the corner has garbage piled up in the corner near the rod iron face.

Welcome to the Jamaica Jungle and not the good jungle. South Jamaica is a totally disgusting and of course the "elected leaders" of this area do the usual, NOTHING. But as usual a community or neighborhood is only as good as it's people and this says much about those people living there.
May 7, 2014, 5:40 am
Norman Moncrief from Queens says:
I went to August Martin High school around there and it was horrible, those dirty kids from south Jamaica made it so hard for me to learn in peace. I was so scared to walk home after school with all those parasites looking for a quick robbery to feed them and their crackhead families
May 7, 2014, 10:37 am
Norman Moncrief from Queens says:
I'm glad that their killing each other off, pieces of crap deserve to die , damn the snow gang, the trip gs, ebk and horse gang people... there all crackhead and should be killed. Good thing I graduated from that school n left them behind
Class of 2012 ;)
—— this darrell guy too he's a piece of nothing
May 7, 2014, 10:43 am
Me from South Jamaica says:
Norman I can see that you didn't learn, because your improper use of they're shows how ignorant you are. And if you were better than them you wouldn't have been going to August Martin you're lower than them. Scum. Are you mad your race is a dying breed? That white people have never been and will never be the majority? Are you mad that black people out number you? Ignorant hick. Go back to the south you red neck.
May 7, 2014, 3:27 pm
South side from Jamaica says:
I live there for 6 months now and it's gotten better than 3 to 4 years back and the people and area is getting much better!
May 12, 2014, 11:29 am
Norman Moncrief says:
I'm black you dumb ——
Sept. 7, 2014, 2:24 pm

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