Man dead after 3 forced their way into basement drug den in Queens
BY TANANGACHI MFUNI and MICHAEL WHITE
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS
A 23-year-old Queens man was shot dead today in a push-in robbery at his basement apartment, police said.
Up to three men crashed the flat shortly before 1 a.m., firing two bullets into the neck and leg of the unidentified victim, cops said.
The man was pronounced dead at the scene on 147th St. in Rosedale.
The homeowner, identified as Thelma Williams, who runs a transport company called Montego Van Service, had subdivided the basement, neighbors said.
She was not available for comment.
There was a lot of "activity" at the home, with cars often double- and triple-parked on the street outside, said one neighbor, who declined to give his name.
Investigators found drug paraphernalia in the apartment, police source said.
Police were investigating whether suspects set out to shoot the young man, or if he was the victim of a botched robbery. No arrests were made.