Gun Used By 12-Year-Old Boy Linked to Nearby Jamaica Murder, Sources Say
QUEENS — The gun that a 12-year-old boy used to accidentally shoot his teenage sister in the stomach in Jamaica last week was involved in the recent killing of an IT worker about 10 blocks away, police sources said.
The boy — who was charged with criminal possession of a weapon after he shot his 14-year-old sister in the family's apartment on 164th Street while playing with the loaded weapon Friday — told detectives that he got the .22-caliber Colt revolver from a friend, the NYPD said.
As of Monday morning, police said they were still looking for the friend.
The gun has since been linked to the fatal shooting of Mohamed Hamwi, 48, a computer analyst, which occurred Tuesday about 10 blocks away from where the boy lives, as first reported by the Daily News.
Police officials said that Hamwi, who was shot in the chest and the face at the corner of 173rd Street and 105th Avenue, about half a block from his home, may have been the victim of a botched robbery. But his cellphone and wallet were not taken.
Authorities said that images recorded by a surveillance camera installed on a nearby house suggest that two people were responsible for the shooting.
There have been no arrests in the shooting of Hamwi, police said Monday morning.