2015-09-30 / Features

Cops Hunt Suspect In Steinway Street Shooting

BY LIZ GOFF


Charles Williams of Brooklyn was fatally shot outside the Crystal Lounge at 25-86 Steinway Street. 
Photo Carmelo Perrone Charles Williams of Brooklyn was fatally shot outside the Crystal Lounge at 25-86 Steinway Street. Photo Carmelo Perrone Queens detectives are sorting out details of events that occurred at several Astoria nightclubs to determine circumstances that led to the fatal shooting of a 26-year-old Brooklyn man on September 28, law enforcement sources said.

Cops who responded to 911 calls of a shooting outside the Crystal Lounge at 25-86 Steinway Street at about 4 am found Charles Williams of Van Siclen Avenue in Brooklyn, laying face up, with two shotgun wounds in his torso and one in his right leg, police said.

Williams was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital of Queens, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Eyewitnesses told investigators Williams and an unidentified black male argued inside the club, and the dispute “got ugly” when the pair took the fight to the street outside the club.

The dispute turned fatal when the unidentified man pulled a gun from inside a car parked outside the club and fired at least three rounds at Williams, who fell to the pavement, police said. The suspect jumped into the white, late model BMW and sped northbound on Steinway Street.

A law enforcement source told the Gazette that investigators are exploring several scenarios to determine a motive for the shooting, including the possi- bility that the dispute could have started hours earlier at another local club.

Police said Williams was no stranger to the criminal justice system. He had a long history of arrests for crimes including weapons possession, assault, armed robbery, grand larceny and drug-related crimes.

Detectives recovered a fully loaded, .38-caliber handgun that Williams was carrying at the time of the shooting.

Anyone with information is urged to call the CrimeStoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS or click on www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

The Hotline is offering a reward of up to $2,500 to anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.

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