Young man visiting Queens from island nation of Jamaica fatally shot in St. Albans early Saturday: NYPD

A man from the island nation of Jamaica was gunned down in St. Albans early Saturday morning, succumbing to his injury two days later.
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A young man from Kingston, Jamaica, was gunned down near Jamaica, Queens, early Saturday morning.

Police from the 113th Precinct in Jamaica responded to a 911 call of a man shot at 199-23 Linden Blvd. in St. Albans just after 1:30 a.m. on May 4.

Upon arrival, they found a 25-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the head. EMS responded to the crime scene and rushed the victim to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead two days later.

On Tuesday, the NYPD identified the deceased as 25-year-old Kardell Lester from the island nation of Jamaica. Homicide detectives from the 113th Precinct are working to determine a motive and a description of the gunman, police said, adding that there are no arrests and the investigation remains ongoing.

Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at crimestoppers.nypdonline.org, or on X (the platform formerly known as Twitter) @NYPDTips. All calls and messages are kept confidential.

Through May 5, the 113th Precinct has reported 2 murders so far in 2024 after having one murder reported at the same point last year, an increase of 100%, according to the most recent CompStat report. Shooting incidents are on the rise in the 113th with 6 reported so far this year, one more than the 5 reported at the same point in 2023, an increase of 20%, according to CompStat.