2017-06-28 / Front Page

$2.5G Reward For Corona Drive-By Gunman

By Liz Goff
Police are searching for an enraged gunman who opened fire on a couple leaving a baby shower in Corona early Saturday morning.

Shots rang at about 3:30 a.m. on June 24, as the gunman rolled up on 101st Street near 32nd Avenue in a dark-colored GMC pickup truck and sprayed seven rounds into the side of the victim’s SUV, critically wounding the driver, Anthony Lugo, 31, and passenger Mildred Neal, 43, before speeding away.

A 14-year-ole boy in the back seat of the SUV escaped the gunfire, police said. Family members said the teen is Neal’s son.

Sources said Lugo and the shooter knew each other and had argued while at the shower. The reason for the dispute remains unclear.

[[DELETE: Lugo and Neal were each struck several times by the gunfire. Yet, Lugo somehow managed to drive 10 blocks to the 115th Precinct stationhouse, where the teen alerted police about the shootings.]]

Police said Neal, Lugo and the teen left a baby shower at Elite Class Events on Northern Boulevard and. walked several blocks to the car in the moments before the shooter struck. They were inside the SUV when the gunman suddenly appeared in the pickup truck and opened fire, police said.

Logo and Neal were each struck several times by the gunfire, police said. Yet, Lugo somehow managed to drive 10 blocks to the 115th Precinct stationhouse where the teen alerted police about the shootings.

When cops rushed to the SUV outside the stationhouse, Neal was unconscious in the passenger seat and Lugo was behind the wheel, conscious but bleeding heavily from gunshot wounds to his elbow and torso, police said.

Both victims were taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center, where Neal underwent emergency surgery to remove one of her lungs, a source said. The Corona mom, who works full time as a taxi driver, will require additional surgery to repair wounds she suffered in the drive-by, the source said. Neal and Lugo were both listed in critical condition at Elmhurst Hospital Center.

Police are seeking assistance from the public to identify and locate the suspect [[who is wanted for questioning in connection with the shootings – UH DUH]]]. 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 gunman.

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