We have a few more details concerning the overnight shooting at the Smith Houses that left a 30-year-old man dead.
There was some news last night from the 7th Precinct’s Community Council meeting. Captain Peter Venice announced one arrest had been made in connection with the murder of 16-year old Raphael Ward on Columbia Street six days ago. This morning the Post is reporting the name of the suspect in custody. He is Timothy Montalvo, also 16-years old.
According to the Post, Montalvo is one of four teens seen on surveillance video shortly before the fatal shooting happened Friday night. He has been charged with criminal possession of a weapon and murder. At last night’s meeting, a detective working on the case talked briefly about the arrest, explained that investigators are following up on a lot of leads and said they’re confident more arrests will be happening soon. The tragedy, he added, “confirms that there are too many guns on the street.”
The NYPD yesterday circulated security camera video showing four “persons of interest” wanted for questioning in the murder of Raphael Ward.
As the Times reported, cops declined to characterize what role the young men might have played in the fatal Friday night shooting on Columbia Street. The Daily News, however, went a few steps further. Its provocative headline read, “Cops: Here are the four guys who killed Raphael Ward for his Marmot jacket.”
Later in the afternoon, the Post reported that police were already interviewing three other people. “The threesome were not believed to have participated in the cold-blooded murder, but may have information that could help investigators solve the case,” sources told the tabloid. Also yesterday, at least some police sources were waving reporters off the (widely reported) theory that Ward was killed for his jacket.
This morning police are still looking for the gunman who took 16-year old Raphael Ward’s life Friday night during a confrontation on Columbia Street. Police believe the suspect is also a teenager, perhaps a boy even younger than Ward.
Police released a description of the gunman: 5-feet-6-inches tall, 120-140 pounds; at the time of the shooting (around 9 p.m.) he was wearing a black wool hat and a ski mask, a black hoodie, a green jacket and blue jeans.
Over the weekend, Ward’s mom, Ali Delgado, stayed in seclusion in the family’s apartment inside the Baruch public housing development. On Wednesday, friends and loved ones will be able to pay their respects at the Provenzano Lanza Funeral Home, 43 2nd Avenue. Viewing hours are 2-5 and 7-9 p.m.
In a story published yesterday, Ward’s cousin, Nae Delgado,told the Wall Street Journal he tried to steer clear of bad influences, and wasn’t interested in the local gangs that are strong influences in all of the neighborhood’s public housing projects:
Here’s more on last night’s murder of 16-year old Raphael Ward, a resident of the Baruch Houses. A memorial has appeared outside a convenience store on Columbia Street where the teen was shot and killed shortly after 9 p.m. Police are still searching for the gunman.
The New York Times paints a portrait of an athletic, personable kid who may very well have had a bright future even though he was growing up in a pretty rough part of the neighborhood:
A fight last night on Columbia Street led to the murder of a 16-year old boy. WCBS reports police were called to Columbia and Rivington streets, near the Baruch Houses, at around 9 p.m. They found the victim, Raphael Sadonte Ward, with a gunshot to the chest.
Ward was rushed to Beth Israel Hospital, where he was declared dead. This morning police are searching for a suspect or suspects.
Neighborhood sources tell us Ward was involved in a long-running dispute with other groups from the Lower East Side. Earlier in the evening, there was apparently a fist fight that later escalated when at least one of those involved returned to the scene with a gun.
More to come…
UPDATE 12:06 p.m. The Post reports that Ward ran into a deli after being shot. Before collapsing, he said a group had approached him earlier, saying they wanted his jacket. Ward lived in the Baruch Houses.
The New York Post is reporting that Police have arrested a suspect in the murder of two women in a Henry Street apartment late last month. According to the report, the unnamed suspect was removed from a Hong Kong-bound Delta at JFK Airport yesterday.
“He was already in his seat. The doors were closing and the jet was preparing to take off. As soon as this guy saw us, he knew he was had,” a source told the Post. The man is described as a “hard core gang member.” There’s speculation the suspect may have planned to continue on to Beijing. On Saturday, police impounded his car from a street in Chinatown.
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