Far Rockaway man sentenced to 22 years to life in prison for gang-related shooting: DA

Far Rockaway Queens gang shooting
The Pinkfern apartments in Far Rockaway. (Photo via Google Maps)

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz‘s office announced Monday that Far Rockaway resident Otis Moore, 32, was sentenced to 22 years to life in prison for a gang-related shooting in May 2020. Moore was convicted last month after a nine-day trial.

Prior to being charged in May 2020, Moore had been a persistent felon. He was also a reputed member of the Redfern Rowdy Gang. The shooting for which he was convicted occurred in Far Rockaway’s Dix McBride Apartments, also known as Pinkfern.

“This defendant endangered everyone in the community by firing an illegal weapon in a residential housing complex,” Katz said. “Following a nine-day trial, a jury has determined that the defendant is guilty of a gang-related shooting in an attempt to take another human life.”

He was convicted of attempted murder in the second degree, attempted assault in the first degree and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the second and third degree. The sentence was handed down by Queens Supreme Court Justice Michelle Johnson.

According to testimony during the trial, video surveillance from May 17, 2020, showed Moore standing inside a building and firing a silver firearm at a 20-year-old man exiting a nearby residence. After striking the victim multiple times, Moore fled from the scene on foot.

The swift response from the 101st Precinct led to Moore being identified and arrested shortly after the incident. The victim received medical attention at the scene before being taken to a local hospital for treatment of gunshot wounds to his leg.

Detectives Joseph Zappia and Drew Solomon of the New York City Police Department’s 101st Precinct Detective Squad, under the supervision of Lieutenant Cortney Cummings, performed the investigation of the case.