Jamaica Man Killed in Gun Battle Over Parking Space, Police Say
QUEENS — A fight over a parking space in Jamaica Monday evening led to a wild shootout that left a young father dead and his mother being questioned by the police for firing at her son's suspected killer, authorities said.
The gunfight, in which at least five bullets were fired, took place about 7:30 p.m. on 113th Avenue, between Sutphin Boulevard and 155th Street.
Darrell Lynch, 24, was trying to park his black Ford Explorer when he got into an argument with another man, who was trying to park in the same spot, police said.
The man took out a gun and shot at Lynch, who was with his mother at the time.
Lynch, who lived about 10 blocks away from where the shooting took place, also took out a gun and shot back at the other driver, police said.
At some point Lynch got shot in the left leg and dropped the gun, according to the NYPD.
His 55-year-old mother, whose name was not released, picked up the gun, and also fired shots at the man, before he drove away, police said.
Lynch managed to jump back into his car and tried to drive away, but hit two parked cars instead, police said.
He was taken to Jamaica Hospital, where he died of his wound, police said.
Officials said they recovered five shell casings at the scene, but none of the guns was found.
The shooting was captured by a nearby surveillance camera, police said.
Police said they were questioning Lynch's mother but as of Tuesday afternoon she had not been charged.
The gunman was still at large, authorities said Tuesday.
On Tuesday afternoon, a police van was parked near where the shooting occurred.
Friends and relatives have also created a makeshift memorial on the block made up of flowers, candles and farewell messages. “You are still in my heart,” one message said. Others wrote: “Summer won’t be the same. Love you,” "RIP cousin Darrell," "Love the Lynch 'Family'."
Family members at the memorial said that Lynch, who they said, had a 3-year-old daughter, “was always helping everybody.”
“We love him very much,” they said. “He will be missed.”