A 14-year-old boy who’d recently returned to Queens after living with his dad in New Jersey to escape gang violence was found fatally shot in a driveway outside a house in the Rockaways Tuesday — a victim of a nearby shooting the night before, police sources and neighbors said.
The woman who lives in the house on Beach 67th St. near Almeda Ave. in Arverne found Shawn Frye’s body about 7:15 a.m. and called 911. The slain teen was lying face up near the fence line, half under her white SUV, the woman told the Daily News.
“Oh my god, it’s a dead body,” the neighbor recalled. “They gotta stop this here violence. I’m praying that this is a one off.”
The gun violence was what the teen was supposed to be escaping when he was sent in 2017 to live with his father in New Jersey after the youngster was menaced at gunpoint by a neighborhood gang member, a police source said. The NYPD hadn’t had any contact with the victim since the menacing, the source said.
On Monday night, Shawn’s foster mother had come to the area searching for him but didn’t spot the dead child lying in the darkened driveway.
“They were looking for him last night,” the neighbor said. “His foster mom, she was walking up and down.”
Investigators believe Shawn was mortally wounded in a shooting Monday night around the corner from where his body was found.
A gunman fired off shots on Beach 68th St. near Almeda Ave. about 9:30 p.m. Monday, hitting an 18-year-old man walking past the corner. That victim was grazed in the face and shot in the right hand, a police source said.
Medics took that victim to Jamaica Hospital with minor wounds. He told police he didn’t know why he was targeted, claiming he didn’t argue with anyone but felt pain after hearing shots.
He didn’t mention a second victim. But police now believe the mortally wounded younger teen ran through back yards between the two adjoining streets before collapsing in the driveway where he died.
“(Shawn) was with another teen that was also shot,” the woman who discovered the boy’s body said. “He ran away.”
The shooter fled in a silver Honda, the police source said. Nine shell casings were found at the scene.
On Tuesday morning, the foster mother returned to Beach 67th St. to identify the child’s body, the neighbor said.
“She said he was not a troublesome kid. (He was) a child younger than my baby,” the neighbor said. “He was trying to hide out, seek refuge.”
Blood surrounded Shawn’s body but responding officers didn’t immediately find any wounds and so his cause of death was initially unclear.
But when first responders eventually rolled him over they found he had been shot in the lower back, a police source said. It’s believed the teen died from internal bleeding.
Neighbors said a park from where Edwards was killed is “filled with gang members.”