Father killed outside 40 Projects waiting for his daughter: Family

By Rich Bockmann

Police Wednesday were still conducting interviews and investigating the fatal shooting of man outside South Jamaica’s 40 Projects Friday morning.

The family of Kelly Mullins, 33, said the devoted father was shot and killed Friday morning as he waited outside the South Jamaica Houses in his car to pick up his young daughter and take her to school.

As of Wednesday, police said no suspect had been identified and the investigation was ongoing.

Mullins left his childhood home in South Ozone Park early in the morning and headed out to collect his 4-year-old daughter from the South Jamaica Houses where she was staying with her mom, Mullins’ grieving mother said.

“He was very, very close with his daughter,” Kathryn Mullins said of her only son.

Kathryn said Kelly was on the phone with his stepsister waiting for his daughter, Kaylin, to come down when the gunman walked up to him and fired around five shots, hitting the father twice.

“He didn’t even get out of the car,” she explained. “It’s not like [the shooter] felt threatened.”

Police said they arrived on the scene just before 7 a.m. and pronounced Kelly dead.

Kathryn Mullins said she did not know who the man was, but people told her they had seen him walking around with Kelly’s former wife, Cameo.

After six years of marriage, Kelly and Cameo decided to call it quits around two years ago, his mother said, and she described their relationship as on-again, off-again.

“She’s a good person, not a bad person,” Kathryn Mullins said, explaining that Cameo was not allowed to see her daughter while the police conduct their investigation. “She’s feeling it.”

Reach reporter Rich Bockmann by e-mail at rbockmann@cnglocal.com or by phone at 718-260-4574.

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