Murderer Holed Up In Motel

Suspect Charged With Ozone Park Man’s Slay

Following an extensive search, detectives collared on Monday, Feb. 17, the prime suspect in New York City’s first homicide of 2014-the fatal shooting of an Ozone Park man in South Jamaica.

Sheldon Smith (at right) is charged with the city’s first homicide in 2014.

Police said Sheldon Smith, 26, of Linden Boulevard in South Jamaica allegedly killed Julio Mora, 22, of 88th Avenue in Ozone Park, early on New Year’s Day morning, Jan. 1.

Sources familiar with the investigation stated Smith was tracked down to the Coliseum Motor Inn in East Meadow, L.I., where he was taken into custody Monday.

According to authorities, the fatal shooting occurred at about 1:14 a.m. Jan. 1 inside a location on 113th Street between Sutphin Boulevard and 155th Street.

Police said Smith allegedly shot Mora once in the chest and fled from the scene. The motive for the shooting remains under investigation, it was noted.

Officers from the 113th Precinct and EMS units rushed to the location after receiving a 911 call regarding the shooting. Paramedics pronounced Mora dead at the scene.

The day after the shooting, police released Smith’s image and identified him as wanted in connection with the homicide.

He was charged on Monday with second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon, police said.

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