Sunday, January 2, 2011

Man shot on desolate block in Queens after trying to break up fight, cops, family said

Scene where Dwayne Haughton, 29, was gunned down Saturday morning.
Scene where Dwayne Haughton, 29, was gunned down Saturday morning.
Haughton is the first murder in the city.

Haughton is the first murder in the city.


A fight outside a New Year's Eve party on a desolate Queens block was the site of the city's first homicide of 2011, police and family said Saturday.
Dwayne Haughton, 29, was gunned down after breaking up a fight between two revelers just after 5:30 a.m., cops and family said.
Cops rushed to the corner of 94th Ave. and 127th St. in South Richmond Hill and found Haughton bleeding from neck and chest wounds.
He died a short time later at Jamaica Medical Center.
Haughton had just come to the bash at Kerryel's Banquet Hall to pick up his girlfriend, Kadian Allen, and her brother.
As they stepped toward his parked black Volvo, Haughton saw a female friend get into a scuffle with another woman, Allen said.
The Jamaica native told his girlfriend, and mother to his 18-month-old son, to stay in the car while he walked his friend to her vehicle, she said.
"Stay where you are," she said Haughton told her. "I'm going to walk her to her car to make sure everything is okay."
Suddenly, "I heard gunshots," she said, adding that a cousin ran toward her, screaming that Haughton was shot.
"When I ran out of the car, he was just laying there on his back, just laying there not moving," Allen said.
"I dropped to the floor and said, 'Wake up,'" she said. "He was covered in blood and not moving."
Haughton, who sources said has a prior arrest for possession of a weapon, was the father of two other children: a 5-year-old boy and 2-year-old girl.
"Hopefully, when I go to sleep and wake up tomorrow - everything is a dream," said his sister, Tashana Bender, 25.
Two miles away, a suspected drug dealer was shot to death just before midnight - the last homicide of 2010.
Jamal West, 26, was shot several times in the back just after 11:30 p.m. Friday as he ran down a Jamaica block trying to escape a hooded gunman, police said.
West collapsed on the corner of Merrick Blvd. and 109th Ave. He died 30 minutes later.
"I heard the shots but I didn't pay it no mind," said witness Carl Stebbs, 59. "It's New Years, I thought it was firecrackers."
Relatives said West just got a haircut on his way to a party when he was gunned down.
"It can't be him!" wailed his aunt, who did not give her name. "Why did they take my nephew? Why did they shoot him?"
The motive was not immediately known, police said. Detectives are exploring whether West's criminal past - he had prior arrests for drug dealing and larceny - led to his murder.
The final murder statistics for 2010 have not been released but as of Wednesday, there were 526 homicides citywide - a 13.4% increase from the same date a year ago.With Mark Morales

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