A Queens man was shot inside an elevator this weekend, police are actively looking for two suspects who were seen fleeing the scene. Bassiana Lawrence, 27, was found on the scene with multiple gunshot wounds on his torso and arms.
Police were called to 331 Beach 32nd St. in Far Rockaway at around 4:36 p.m. on Saturday after they got a 911 call about a potential shooting. The victim was rushed to St. John’s Episcopal Hospital but was pronounced dead not long after. Click here to watch the police surveillance video.
Officers were able to recover a gun and some shell casings from the scene. No arrests hav,e been made at this time and the motive behind the shooting is unclear.
The NYPD released video footage that they hope will help them find the suspects and gain more information about this tragic death. The video shows two men fleeing the building right after the shooting took place. As they sprint out of the building, two other people are seen trying to move out of their way.
Police are asking the public to help them catch these individuals and anyone with information can come forward and contact Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.
Bassiana Lawrence was shot at back in 2020 nearly one block from where he was killed last Saturday. The previous shooting happened on Gipson St. on August 30, 2020 and police are not sure if these two crimes are connected.
Queens, N.Y. has had a series of shootings this weekend with another two crimes happening Friday night within hours of each other. Police are still looking for the suspects in both of Friday’s crimes.
The first shooting took place at around 10:46 p.m. near Ozone Park. A 20-year-old man was shot multiple times in the torso and leg. When police arrived to the scene, the victim was not there. He had been taken privately to Jamaica Hospital and died while undergoing treatment.
The victim, Brandon Rodriguez, is survived by his mother and young child. According to Rodriguez’s mother, her son was trying to make a better life for himself and his young son. The 20-year-old had a 18-month child named Amari.
“He was trying to establish his life,” she said. “He was trying to make himself a better person, a better dad, a better brother.”
His mother said that her son was ambushed by the suspect after parking his car near their home. A neighbor saw the shooting and tried to stop the bleeding on Rodriguez’s wounds, but it was too late for the young father.
The neighbor said that Rodriguez’s last words were: “Tell Mommy that I said I’m sorry. Tell Amari I loved him.”
Witnesses to the crime said that the shooter was a Black man who fled the scene in a four-door Black sedan. The suspect’s motive is unclear.,
The second shooting happened near the Astoria Houses on 30-06 Astoria Blvd nearly an hour later. Two men where shot and one remains in stable condition at the hospital. Anthony Edwards lived at the apartments and was standing in front of his home with a 30-year-old man when an unidentified suspect came up to them and started shooting.
Edwards was shot twice in the face and he died from his injuries at the hospital. The 30-year-old man ran off when the suspect shot Edwards, but he was chased to the 4-05 block of Astoria Blvd and shot several times in the groin.
Witnesses to this crime also described the suspect as a Black man wearing a gray sweatshirt and told officers that he fled the scene on foot.
Police are still looking for the suspects in all three Queens area shootings.