2004-09-09 / Front Page

BAYVIEW TEEN SHOT IN FACE

By Charles Rogers

A 16-year-old BayView Houses tenant called police from his apartment last week to tell them an unknown as-sailant shot him in the face while trying to rob him, police said.

According to authorities from the 69th Precinct Detective Squad, the youth, whose name was not released, said he was returning from shopping at a nearby supermarket and walking to his building at 1560 East 102 Street shortly after midnight on September 3 when he was stopped by a man who apparently wanted to rob him. The youth said an argument ensued and the man pulled a gun from his pocket and fired one shot, striking the victim in the face. The attacker then fled.

The victim went to his apartment and relatives called for assistance. He was taken to Brookdale Hospital by Emergency Medical Service parame-dics and later listed in stable condition, police said.

Detectives said a crime scene was established, which included “vertical patrols,” where officers canvas stairways in all project buildings. Police said the teenage victim told them he did not know his attacker, but described him as black and about 18 years old.

Police sources said the last incident in the project building was when shots were fired on August 23. No arrests were made in that case.

Two days after the youth was shot in the face, a woman in the same Bay-View building allegedly shot her husband to death. Police said it appeared the cases were not connected.

Anyone with information on the re-cent shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS or the local detective squad at (718) 257-6215. All calls will be kept strictly confidential.

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