By Bill Parry
Police arrested a Corona man in the fatal shooting of a 31-year-old man inside an Elmhurst bodega last month.
Fabian Dejesus-Garcia, 28, who lives on Northern Boulevard near 106th Street, was arrested and charged with murder and possession of a weapon last Friday, police said, and Gamaliel Desiderio-Sanchez, 28, of the Bronx was arrested last Monday and faces murder and gun charges after Jackson Heights resident Saferino Flores-Pineda, 31, was gunned down inside the Cinco de Mayo Food Market, located at 81-06 Roosevelt Ave.
The two entered the store around 8:15 p.m. Thursday, March 22, according to the NYPD.
Video surveillance shows Desiderio-Sanchez handing Dejesus-Garcia a pistol before engaging Flores-Pineda in conversation as Dejesus-Garcia approached the victim from behind, shooting him three times, according to the criminal complaint. The two men fled the scene.
Police from the 110th Precinct, responding to a 911 call, found Flores-Pineda unconscious and unresponsive with multiple gunshots to the chest, police said. EMS also responded to the scene and rushed the victim to Elmhurst Hospital Center where he was pronounced dead, according to the NYPD.
Dejesus-Garcia is due back in court Wednesday and Desiderio-Sanchez’s next court date is April 19, according to the Queens District Attorney’s office.
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