Man Fatally Shot While Watching Baseball Game in Queens Park, Police Say

By Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska on May 15, 2014 2:18pm 

 A Virginia man who was shot in the head while watching a baseball game in a busy Queens park last Saturday died two days later, police said.
A Virginia man who was shot in the head while watching a baseball game in a busy Queens park last Saturday died two days later, police said.
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QUEENS — A Virginia man who was shot in the head while watching a baseball game in a busy Queens park last Saturday has died, police said.

Investigators believe the shooting was gang-related, police said.

Joel Rashko, 24, was visiting Queens from Newport News, Va., with his brother and a group of friends, according to sources.

Rashko and his friends, who sources said were affiliated with the Bloods street gang, were watching a baseball game in Roy Wilkins Park in St. Albans Saturday afternoon when the violence broke out.

Members of a rival gang, the Crips, were also in the park, sources said, and at about 3 p.m., shots were fired.

One of the bullets hit Rashko in the head. He was taken to Jamaica Hospital in critical condition and died on May 12, police said.

Authorities said it was not clear what prompted the shooting or how many shots were fired.

The police had made no arrests as of Thursday morning.

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