NEW YORK — A man suspected of gunning down his ex-girlfriend outside a Queens casino was killed Tuesday by plainclothes police officers who tracked him down less than four hours later to a school parking lot in Brooklyn, authorities said.
Investigators said the deadly chain of events began about 2:20 a.m. outside Resorts World Casino, located at 110-00 Rockaway Blvd. in Queens. It was there that the now-deceased gunman — who has not been identified pending family notification — opened fire on his ex-girlfriend Patricia Mohammed, 55, of Brooklyn, police said.
The shooter pulled up alongside Mohammed and another man in the casino parking lot and started shooting, Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said.
Mohammed ran into her car and was shot in the torso. She died a short time later at a hospital, police said. The man she was with ran away. The details of their relationship were not immediately known, Boyce said.
Surveillance video from the casino showed the shooter drive away in a white Dodge Charger, police said.
After he mortally wounded Mohammed, the shooter allegedly sent menacing text messages to the victim’s family and the man she was with calling himself “the Grim Reaper,” Boyce said.
Shortly before 6 a.m., three plainclothes officers traveling in a white unmarked van found a car that matched the shooter’s description in the parking lot of P.S. 4, located near Pennsylvania and Stanley avenues, police said.
When they drove up to the white car, a man inside the vehicle pulled out a gun and started shooting, police said. The officers returned fire, killing the man.
The officers involved in the shooting were taken to a hospital to be treated for tinnitus, a ringing in the ears, police said.
A witness told PIX11 News she heard nearly two dozen gunshots coming from that parking lot.
Aerial footage of the scene in Brooklyn showed dozens of evidence markers and several shell casings littering the pavement near a bullet-riddled white sedan and a white van with its drivers’ side door open.
A .380-caliber semi-automatic firearm (pictured above), an extra magazine clip and an empty box of ammunition were found at the scene, Boyce said.
Though it happened near a school, the shooting did not appear to disrupt operations at P.S. 4. A woman who answered the phone at the school said classes will be in session Tuesday. Students arrived at their usual time of 8:10 a.m.