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Bronx man held on bail in Jamaica bus shooting
BY ROBERT POZARYCKI
A Bronx man was ordered held on
six-figure bail for allegedly firing the
stray shot that injured two passengers
on board a bus in Queens on Thursday
morning, Aug. 5.
Melvin Adams, 43, was arraigned
Friday in Queens Criminal Court on
charges of first-degree assault and attempted
assault, as well as criminal
possession of a weapon, second-degree
assault, reckless endangerment and
criminal possession of a firearm.
According to Queens District Attorney
Melinda Katz, Adams fired the
shot following an argument with another
individual at the corner of 148th
Street and Jamaica Avenue in Jamaica
at about 8:55 a.m. on Aug. 5.
Though he intended to hit his foe,
law enforcement sources said, the shot
instead smashed through the windshield
of an approaching MTA bus on
the Q8 line.
The stray bullet struck two passengers
on the bus: a 66-year-old man hit
in the shoulder, and a 20-year-old man
struck in the hand.
EMS brought both victims to local
hospitals for treatment. Katz said the
66-year-old man suffered a laceration,
and the 20-year-old man was treated
for a shattered bone in his hand; he
also still has a bullet fragment lodged
Officers from the103rd Precinct
picked up Adams soon after the shooting.
They recovered a .40-caliber Smith
and Wesson pistol which he carried in
a backpack in his possession.
Katz said the gun was loaded with
one round in the chamber and 11
rounds in the magazine. Another full
magazine containing 15 rounds was
found in the backpack.
“We can’t live in a world where a
Police tape off the crime scene after two bus passengers were injured in Aug. 5 shooting in Jamaica Photos by Lloyd Mitchell
petty dispute on the street between
strangers ends up with innocent people
getting shot at on a city bus,” Katz
said. “The alleged, brazen conduct of
the defendant is another example of
why my office has made such a high
priority of getting guns off the street.”
At his arraignment on Aug. 6, Adams
was ordered by Judge Jeffrey
Gershuny held in custody on $100,000
bail. He’s due to return to court on
Aug. 10, and faces up to 25 years behind
bars if convicted at trial.
Reach reporter Robert Pozarycki by
e-mail at rpozarycki@schnepsmedia.
com or by phone at (718) 260-4549.
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