A Bronx teen was indicted by a Queens grand jury on murder charges in the fatal shooting of a St. Albans man in a Flushing karaoke bar last month.
Richard Swygert, 19, was arraigned before Queens Supreme Court Justice Ushir Pandit-Durant on a six-count indictment charging him with murder, assault and other charges for the shooting death of a 22-year-old Queens man and injuring another person when both were struck by gunfire, according to Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz.
According to the charges, at approximately 1 a.m. on Aug. 13, Swygert, of Harrison Avenue, was at a party at the K-Show Bar located at 38-10 138th St., in Flushing. After arguing with the victim over a piece of jewelry, Swygert allegedly fired a gun in a private karaoke room.
Dominic Malivert, 22, of St. Albans, was shot multiple times and died from the injuries. A second victim was also struck by gunfire EMS rushed both victims to nearby New York-Presbyterian Queens hospital.
Malivert died shortly after arriving at the medical center, and the second victim was listed as serious with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the charges.
“This defendant must face the consequences for allegedly shooting another young man and ending his life,” Katz said. “A second victim was shot but survived. We must prevent these tragedies from ever occurring in the first place by taking guns off our streets and stopping the senseless violence that is plaguing our neighborhoods.”
Swygert was remanded and ordered to return to court on Oct. 25. If convicted, Swygert faces up to 25 years to life in prison.