BY ARIEL HERNANDEZ
A man’s body was discovered outside of a Queensbridge Houses building with a gunshot wound on Saturday, police said.
At approximately 7:54 p.m., police were informed of an assault at 40-06 Vernon Blvd. in Long Island City. Upon arrival, Sharef Graham, 25, was found lying unconscious and unresponsive on a walkway outside of the Queensbridge Houses development with two gunshot wounds, one to the chest and another to his thigh.
Graham was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
There have been no arrests and the investigation is ongoing.
This is the first murder at the NYCHA development this year and the third murder after Queensbridge Houses had celebrated two years without gun violence. In January 2017, elected officials and residents from Queensbridge Houses community gathered for a celebration commemorating two years with no shootings.
On March 28, 2017, a 28-year-old man was shot several times in his groin, ending the streak. Then, on May 16, 2017, Javares Batts, 38, was shot outside of 41-10 Vernon Blvd.
According to the 114th Precinct statistics, overall crime is still down at the complex.