(Photo by David Greene)
By David Greene
BRONX, NEW YORK, August 7- A shooting hit too close to home for cops in East Tremont, when a man was gunned down around the corner from the police station.
Police were called to 2127 Valentine Avenue at 10:29 p.m., on Saturday, August 4, where officers discovered the victim had been shot once in the head. The victim was rushed to St. Barnabas Hospital where he died a short time later.
Officers from the 46th Precinct took at least two young men in custody, sparking outrage from several members of the community. As detectives took one suspect into custody a block away from the shooting, a dozen residents surrounded the detectives’ vehicle; one detective then walked the suspect the two blocks to the station house.
A second neighborhood source, who wished to remain anonymous, stated the dispute began outside of the Kee Wong Chinese Restaurant, before the gunman pumped one bullet into the head of the victim.
The source claimed it was over a long-running dispute between two local gangs, the Y.G.'s and the 1090's.
Police would later identify the victim as Derrick Richardson, 21, of nearby E. 181 Street. So far the police have not charged anyone in Richardson's death, but the investigation continues. According to the latest NYPD statistics, Richardson is the seventh person murdered within the 46th Precinct this year, down from 12 from the same time period last year