2018-08-29 / Front Page

Building Sniper Surrenders To 114th Precinct Cops

By Liz Goff
A gunman who fired shots from Roosevelt Island into a high rise building on the East Side of Manhattan surrendered last week to police at the 114th Precinct.

Farris Koroma, 22, of Roosevelt Island, walked into the Astoria Boulevard stationhouse with his attorney overnight on August 24th, saying he was the suspect caught on surveillance video that showed him firing a gun into the building at 1 East River Place.

Sources said Koroma told investigators he fired the .38-caliber handgun from Roosevelt Island into the East River, but for some reason the bullets struck the 49-story building that overlooks the river from East 72nd Street.

Police have released surveillance footage that contradicts that version, a law enforcement source said. The video shows Koroma and a second person walking along the Roosevelt Island waterway around the time of the shootings - and Koroma firing the weapon.

The first incident occurred at about 11:30 p.m. on August 24th, when a bullet went through a living room window of a 14th floor apartment, shattering glass onto the floor.

Almost 24 hours later, the tenant of an apartment on the 32nd floor of the building called 911 to report that his window was damaged by gunfire, an NYPD spokesperson said.

Tenants were sleeping in both apartments at the time of the incidents but were not injured, according to police.

Police said the person shown walking with Koroma on the surveillance video is a witness and would not face criminal charges in connection with the recent gunfire.

Koroma has a history of 10 arrests including grand larceny and robbery, prosecutors said. He has not been convicted of any of the crimes. He was charged with weapons possession, reckless endangerment and criminal mischief at his arraignment at Queens Criminal Court, and was released on $100,000 bail posted by his parents.

Korona, who is home for the summer, is a student at SUNY Sullivan in upstate New York, where he is working toward a degree in business management, a law enforcement source said.

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