Two SE Queens men shot in separate Friday attacks

By Courtney Dentch

A Jamaica man was shot and critically injured just hours before a Springfield Gardens man was killed in Far Rockaway in an unrelated incident Friday, police said.

David Dixon, Jr., 32, of Jamaica, was wounded during an argument while his 4-year-old son sat in the backseat of his idling car in front of 109-20 Sutphin Blvd. around 8 a.m. Friday, police said.

About three hours later, 22-year-old Torean Ashley, of 139-36 230th St. in Springfield Gardens, was shot once in the head and killed by two men in Far Rockaway, police said.

No arrests were made in either case.

Dixon, whose exact address was not available, was driving his son to a babysitter Friday morning when he became embroiled in what police initially believed was a road-rage dispute, officers said. He was shot once in the head by another driver, who fled in a dark-colored Lexus, police said.

Dixon was taken to Mary Immaculate Hospital where he was in critical condition Tuesday, police said. The boy was not injured.

Although the dispute was first thought to be a traffic argument between two drivers, police were looking into a past disagreement in which Dixon had been involved, police said.

In a separate incident, Ashley was killed in a shooting at 11:15 a.m. at the corner of Beach 14th Street and Heyson Road in Far Rockaway. He was shot once in the head by two men who were seen running from the area, police said. Ashley was pronounced dead on the scene.

No arrests were made, and police were still investigating the motive behind the shooting.

Ashley lived with his family in Springfield Gardens, and his brother said he was unsure why Ashley was in Far Rockaway at the time of the shooting, he said.

“He was a good kid,” his brother said. “We don't know what happened.”

The family members, who were still making funeral arrangements Monday afternoon, declined to comment further on Ashley's life or the circumstances surrounding his death.

Reach reporter Courtney Dentch by e-mail at TimesLedger@aol.com, or by phone at 718-229-0300, Ext. 138.

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