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Police said they were still searching Tuesday for suspects wanted in the shooting death of a young Rochdale man last week.
Just after midnight last Thursday, police responded to a 911 call of a male shot outside a building in the Rochdale Village co-ops, where they found 24-year-old Maurice Johnson with a gunshot wound to his head, according to the NYPD.
Emergency medical responders pronounced Johnson dead on arrival, police said. As of press time Tuesday, the police had not released a description of any suspects and the investigation was ongoing.
Capri Pillow, Johnson’s 27-year-old sister, said she last spoke to her brother on the phone around 10:30 the night he was killed.
Johnson grew up in Hollis, where he attended PS 134 and IS 192 and later went on to August Martin High School.
“We were talking about how Hollis is getting violent,” his sister said. “He was talking about it with friends on Facebook.”
Pillow said it was just two weeks ago that her brother attended the funeral of a friend who was shot and killed while he was walking down the street.
She said Johnson would often go out to a store about half way between his home and where he was found shot for drinks or snacks, and on this particular night he had every intention of returning home shortly.
“He left all of his stuff on. He was coming back,” she said. “I believe he ran into some friends.”
Pillow said her brother had just recently gotten a job as a security officer after being unemployed for about a year and that he wanted to become an electrician. She said he was into music and during his free time he wrote songs.
She said he did not live the type of lifestyle that attracted violence.
“He wasn’t a thug. He didn’t do that kind of stuff,” she said.
Rochdale Village, known as “The Jewel of Jamaica,” is a privately owned co-op development and does not have a reputation for violence.
There is a manned security tower a few dozen yards away from where Johnson was shot, in front of 172-40 133rd Ave., though neither security nor management would comment on the incident.
Reach reporter Rich Bockmann by e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at 718-260-4574.
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