BY TRONE DOWD
A 28-year-old Jamaica man was arraigned at Queens County Criminal Court Thursday in relation to a fatal drive by shooting this past Independence Day weekend.
The suspect, Victor Ocasio, was arraigned by Judge Eugene Guarino a total of nine charges. According to the charges, Ocasio drove his vehicle past a home located on 107-07 170 Street in Jamaica, firing a semi-automatic at a group of people consisting of five adults and three children. The bullets all three of the adults, killing 27 year-old Jasmine Quattlebaum and 28-year-old Herman Mullings. The unidentified third victim, a 32-year-old man, was shot in the elbow. The children however, came out of the incident unscathed.
According to District Attorney Richard Brown, Ocasio has been on the run ever since. He was arrested earlier this month in Pennsylvania.
He faces one count of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder, one count of second-degree attempted murder, two counts of first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and one count of first degree reckless endangerment.
“A festive summer evening was marred by the senseless shooting deaths of two innocent young individuals – a man and a mother of two – and the wounding of a second man who suffered severe nerve and tissue damage,” Brown said. “On the run since this heinous act, the alleged perpetrator has now been captured, returned to New York and is facing the possibility of life behind bars without the possibility of parole.”
Ocasio is set return to court on November 29, 2017.