Bronx man murdered in Cambria Heights

By Kelsey Durham

Police were still trying to identify a suspect in a fatal shooting in Cambria Heights last weekend that left a Bronx man dead.

The NYPD responded to a 911 call just after 10 p.m. June 28 and found a man lying unresponsive in the street in front of a home on 219th Street near 121st Avenue.

The victim, 33-year-old Jason Bragg, of the Bronx, had been shot in the head and was pronounced dead at the scene by EMS responders, police said.

After an initial investigation, police ruled the shooting a homicide the next day.

The shooting was part of a large wave of violent crimes that hit the five boroughs last weekend as 21 people across the city were shot within the two-day period, leaving three dead and 18 injured — including a 10-year-old boy in Brooklyn.

Many residents of the quiet southeast Queens street said they did not hear anything during the shooting, and some still had not learned Sunday morning that anything had happened outside their homes.

One homeowner, who lives next door to the house where the police said the murder occurred, said he heard a loud pop around 9:30 p.m. When he went to his window a little while later, he saw a man later identified as Bragg lying in the street.

“I saw someone in the street dead under a sheet,” said the man, who declined to give his name.

The homeowner said police could be seen outside on 219th Street until around 4 a.m. or 5 a.m. Sunday, and the home the shooting happened in front of was still blocked off with caution tape around 10 a.m.

The next-door neighbor, who said he has lived in the area his whole life, said the neighborhood had improved greatly over the years and crimes such as this one had become a rare occurrence.

No suspects had been identified and the investigation was ongoing.

Reach reporter Kelsey Durham at 718-260-4573 or by e-mail at kdurham@cnglocal.com.

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