Two Men Shot, One Fatally, in Front of Flushing Playground
FLUSHING — A Queens man was killed and another person was wounded in a shooting near a housing project playground in Flushing Tuesday night, police said.
Alejandro Ramos, 46, was shot in the back at 133-20 Roosevelt Avenue, between Prince Street and College Point Boulevard, in front of a daycare center behind the Bland Houses, the NYPD said.
"Everyone was outside enjoying the summer when he just ran by and started shooting," said a young woman of the shooter.
"No one knew what happened," the woman, who declined to give her name, added. "No one saw his face."
Ramos, who lived a few blocks from the shooting, was taken to New York Hospital Queens where he died, cops said.
A makeshift memorial was set up Wednesday for Ramos, a popular fixture in the projects whom locals called "Oro," or gold in Spanish.
"He's a very nice person," said Evon Hernandez, 47, who knew Ramos from the neighborhood.
The gunfire erupted in front of the Better Community Life II Day Care Center shortly after 10:30 p.m.
Michale Thomas, a Bland Houses resident, said she heard a dispute minutes before four shots rang out.
“There were lots of arguments and commotions before it took place,” Thomas, 21, said Wednesday. “After that, there were lots of screaming.”
The other victim, an unidentified 28-year-old man who lived in the area, was shot in the buttocks, police said. He, too, was taken to New York Hospital, where he was stable.
It was unclear if the victims knew each other.
No one has been arrested, police said.
The shooting marks at least the fifth playground shooting this summer. In a shooting last month in Morrisania in The Bronx, Lloyd Morgan, 4, was struck in the head by a stray bullet and killed while playing on a jungle gym.