2018-02-14 / Front Page

Shooter Charged In LIC Botched Attack

By Liz Goff

A 22-year-old Middletown, New York man was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court on February 7 with two counts each of attempted murder, criminal possession of a weapon, assault and menacing and reckless endangerment for opening fire near the Queensbridge Houses on January 26th and striking a 28-year-old woman who had just exited a nearby subway station.

Jamal Brown, who goes by the street name, “Snooze Brown,” was arrested on January 28th in Inwood, Long Island by police at Nassau County’s 4th Precinct. He was returned to Queens County on February 6, where he was arrested and arraigned on the charges.

According to charges contained in a criminal complaint, Brown argued with his girlfriend, Monecha Sims, in an apartment on Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City at about 7 a.m. on January 26, where he allegedly struck the woman several times in the face. Sims locked herself inside a bathroom at the residence and called her mother on her cell phone, as Brown allegedly threatened to shoot through the door.

According to the complaint, Sims ran from the bathroom moments later, exited the apartment and ran toward the intersection of 41st Avenue and 10th Street. Brown caught up with Sims and the argument was carried out onto the street. When Sims’ mother and a friend drove up to the scene, Brown pulled a gun and began shooting at Sims, prosecutors said.
Brown allegedly fired several shots, aiming for Sims, prosecutors said. Sims was not hit, but the rounds instead struck schoolteacher Javon Mitchner as she was exiting a subway station at 21st Street and 41st Avenue – nearly three blocks away.

Mitchner told investigators she heard a loud “pop” and suddenly felt pain in her abdomen. Mitchner told police she looked down and saw a small hole in her jacket, and another in her shirt – and then saw blood seeping from her midsection.
Mitchner was taken to a nearby hospital where she was treated for a gunshot wound and released.

According to the complaint, Brown fled the scene and was spotted approximately 24-hours later by Sgt. Cornelius Douglas of the Regional Fugitive Task Force, in Nassau County – just 500 miles from the Queens-Nassau border. Douglas stopped Brown and recovered a loaded .9mm semiautomatic pistol from him, prosecutors said.

At the time of his arrest, Brown told police, “I know I’m a fugitive. I seen myself on TV. How much tome am I going to get?” Brown allegedly continued and said, “The car tried to run me over. The gun I got locked up with today is going to match. I pulled the gun out of my waistband and the gun went off. It was an accident.”

When questioned by police about why he held on to the gun after the shooting, Brown allegedly said, “I’m an idiot, and later apologized for shooting Mitchner, prosecutors said.
Brown told investigators, “I bought the gun from a crackhead in August. If it comes back on other things before August, it wasn’t me,” prosecutors said.

“This is yet again another perfect example of how dangerous illegal guns are, and how innocent people can become a victim of senseless violence,” Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. “The defendant in this case allegedly admitted to carrying a gun and having it “accidentally” go off while in the midst of a violent encounter with his girlfriend. A young woman was struck and could have been killed. Luckily she will survive the injury.”
If convicted, Brown faces up to 40 years in prison.

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