Hunting Rifle Goes Off at Vladeck Houses; 4-Year Old Hospitalized For Observation

According to police, a four-year old child at the Vladeck Houses was taken to the hospital after his dad accidentally fired a hunting rifle into the ceiling. It happened this morning at around 10:30 at 16 Jackson St.  The Daily News reported that the child was not inured when debris came falling from the kitchen ceiling.  The man had a permit for the weapon and was planning to go hunting.  Police are deciding whether he’s going to face charges.  Seven people were in the apartment at the time of the incident.

UPDATED 11/29: The New York Post reports the father, 50-year-old Luis Gonzalez, was charged with reckless endangerment and assault.  The boy suffered minor injuries from the falling debris.  According to NY1, Gonzalez was also charged with assault and endangering the welfare of a child.  Police confiscated two rifles and a shotgun from the apartment.





Followup: Fatal Shooting at Alfred E. Smith Houses

We have a few more details concerning the overnight shooting at the Smith Houses that left a 30-year-old man dead.

30-Year Old Man Shot and Killed at Smith Houses Overnight

A man was fatally wounded while walking through a courtyard at the Alfred E. Smith Houses early this morning.

Stanton Street Shooter Sentenced to 22 Years in Prison

A man who shot three people in an incident on Stanton Street three years ago has been sentenced to more than 20 years in prison.

Police Search For Suspect in Clinton Street Robbery, Shooting

Police are still looking for a suspect in the Friday morning robbery and shooting of a man on Clinton Street.

Police Hunt For Gunman in Fatal Shooting of Teenager at Riis Houses

Police are searching for two men who shot and killed a teenager at the Jacob Riis Houses at East 8th Street Friday evening.

Teen Arrested in Raphael Ward Murder; Fight Breaks Out at Funeral Home

Raphael Ward; photo via Facebook.

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.”

Followup: Raphael Ward Murder Investigation; Tributes to LES Teen

Still image from security camera video; persons wanted for questioning in Friday night’s murder.

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.

Police Continue Search for Raphael Ward’s Killer; Funeral on Wednesday

Raphael Ward; photo via Facebook.

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:

“He was a good kid… He didn’t cause trouble. I grew up here, this is the first place I ever lived, and we never got into trouble, nothing… He thought that if you couldn’t run by yourself then you weren’t brave.”

Followup: 16-Year Old Raphael Ward Murdered on Columbia Street

A makeshift memorial, including photos, candles and flowers, has gone up on Columbia Street.

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:

Raphael Ward was known in the projects of the Lower East Side for his tall lanky frame, his easy laugh and his devotion to nearly every form of sports, especially baseball.

16-Year Old Boy Shot and Killed on Columbia Street (Updated 12:29 p.m.)

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.

Man Shot in the Back Near Rutgers Houses (Updated 5:39 p.m.)

Police gather in front of Rutgers Houses following shooting. Photo: WNBC.

At about 3 o’clock this afternoon there was a shooting outside the subway station on Rutgers Street, near Madison. The victim, who was hit in the back, was taken to New York Downtown Hospital. His injuries are not believed to be life threatening.  According to WNBC, at least two separate crime scenes were established. WABC reported that the MTA had received information about an armed man on an F train at the station, but an initial search did not turn up a suspect. Tonight police are still looking for the gunman.

UPDATE 5:39 p.m. More information about this incident.  Police believe the shooting did not happen in front of the subway station but at 38 Rutgers Street, which is part of the Rutgers public housing complex.  Police have spoken with the victim, and they have reason to believe he knew the shooter, but at the moment, investigators do not have a name or a description.  The victim is in his mid-30’s.


Followup: Police Search For Killer After Double Execution, Fire at 83 Henry Street

83 Henry Street, Friday afternoon. Photo: kayanch.

More details emerged over the weekend following Friday’s apparent double execution and fire at 83 Henry Street.  Firefighters were called to the scene around 10:40 a.m.  They only discovered after pulling two women from a burning first floor apartment that both victims had been shot in the head. The fire was set to cover up the grisly crime.

Police are searching for the suspect, who is described as a young Asian man seen running from the building Friday morning.   A witness said he was wearing gloves.

The two victims have been identified. They are Xiao L. Li (70 years old); and Yong Hua Chen (36 years old).  Sources told the Post the building is a “known prostitution location.”  Li lived on Bayard Street. Chen reportedly lived in an apartment on Henry Street, but not the one that was set ablaze.  Neither victim had a criminal record. “I never met whoever was renting that apartment,” building super Velentine Rodriguez told the Post (he’s responsible for several other buildings in the area). “I have no idea if one or 10 people live there,” he said.

Police are reviewing surveillance tape from a hotel one block away.


Suspect in Lower East Side Shooting Spree Denied Bail

Columbia Street, near Delancey; Monday, February 27.

Here’s a follow-up on that overnight shootout near the Baruch Houses a week ago Sunday.  The suspect, Luis Martinez, was charged yesterday with two counts each of first degree attempted murder, attempted assault and 2nd degree criminal possession of a weapon.  He is being held without bail.

During a chase and shootout through the streets of the Lower East Side, police say Martinez fired at Housing Police officers Thomas Richards and Thomas Dunne. Bullet fragments were found in Richards’ magazine pouch; NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said it was a miracle Richards was not seriously hurt.  Police have called Martinez a suspected drug dealer.

Stephen Scott, a state appointed lawyer, appeared alongside Martinez in court yesterday. According to the Daily News he said his client would “have no comment to make in this case whatsoever.”

Martinez, a resident of the Baruch Houses, will be back in court a week from Thursday.


Photos: Columbia Street After Last Night’s Shooting

Columbia Street, near Delancey.

It’s still an active crime scene on Columbia Street this morning, following last night’s shooting spree.  As we reported earlier, two police officers and suspect Luis Martinez exchanged gunfire during a chase around the Baruch Houses.   People are milling about on the corner of Columbia and Delancey streets watching officers collect evidence. Parents and children on the way to school are having to take detours, since Columbia between Delancey and Rivington is closed to traffic.

A short time ago, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly spoke about the incident on a radio program.  He called it a miracle that one of the bullets was deflected by Officer Thomas Richards’ gun belt, possibly saving his life. “An inch either way, it would have been right in his stomach,” Kelly said at WOR. Kelly met with Richards and Thomas Dunne, the other officer.