1 Dead, 3 Injured During Pelham House Party(Photo by David Greene)
By David Greene
BRONX, NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 29- One teenager is dead and three others were recovering after a wild melee that began during a dispute at a house party that spilled onto the surrounding streets.
Witnesses say officers from the 49th Precinct had been called to the wild party inside a first-floor apartment at 2194Barnes Avenue, between Pelham Parkway South and Lydig Avenue. One resident reported the party quieted down after the 1:30 a.m. visit by officers on Sunday, September 28, but the NYPD would be called back at just after 3 a.m. when the violence erupted.
Cops arrived and quickly discovered the four wounded teens. Police say three teens were stabbed to the chest and a fourth was stabbed in the shoulder.
Police had at least three separate crime scenes set up in the area, as officers guarded discarded clothing and trails of blood.
The 14-year-old male stabbed in the chest had fled the building with dozens of other teens who ran in all directions, but he collapsed in the crosswalk at Pelham Parkway South and Barnes Avenue and was rushed to nearby Jacobi Hospital, where he died.
Two 18-year-old males were also stabbed to the chest and a 17 -year-old male was stabbed in the shoulder. At least one of the three victims was listed in serious, but stable condition.
Police secured a second crime scene along Wallace Avenue, where paramedics had discovered one of victims.
Police would later identify the deceased as Justin Fallu of East 243 Street in the Wakefield section.
Kathleen Jones, a 22 year resident of the area, asked, "What are teenagers doing out a 2:30 in the morning. My son was never out at that hour."
Jones added, "Especially a block like Barnes Avenue that has been a troublesome block for this area for about 10 years, with the drug dealing and other problems."
One resident of the building who declined to be identified, recalled, "I heard the noise, but I don't know what happened. I never saw any teenagers on the first floor, it's all old people there."
One police source stated that witnesses at the party were not fully cooperating with investigators, but were busy looking at video of the suspect taken from the building's surveillance cameras.
Police say the suspect has been identified as someone who goes by the street name of "Shaq."
He is described as a black male in his late teens or early 20's. At the time of the incident he was wearing a red shirt and blue jeans.
A heavy police presence had already been in the area as a man had been killed in an unrelated incident along Pelham Parkway South near White Plains Road.
Officials say that Rony Mejia, 26, a Baychester Avenue resident was hit by a taxi at 1 a.m., when the driver pulled over to call paramedics. However, a second vehicle, a black livery cab struck Mejia and fled the scene headed westbound towards Fordham Road.
Mejia died a short time later at St. Barnabas Hospital.
No charges were filed against the first driver, but police continue to work for the apprehension of the driver of the livery taxi.