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Man found dead in South Jamaica home

Police tape lays in the street across from the house where Kareem Bandy was fatally shot. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Kareem Bandy, a 30-year-old South Jamaica resident, was found dead in the house where he was a tenant Friday evening with a gunshot wound to his head, police said.

Police discovered Bandy, who lived on the second floor of a home near 137th Avenue and 158th Street, after getting a 911 call at 6:40 p.m. When the EMS arrived, they pronounced Bandy dead at the scene, police said.

The NYPD has ruled the death a homicide but had made no arrests as of Sunday afternoon.

Bandy’s landlady, who declined to give her name, said she was not home at the time of Bandy’s death.

“It was a crime scene when I came back,” she said.

Bandy’s landlady said the house was not broken into and she speculated that the culprit was somebody who knew Bandy.

“It’s startling, of course,” she said.

She described Bandy as a “nice guy” and said in the two years he lived there she had not seen any behavior that would have caused concern.

“I don’t know much about him,” she said. “Respectful. Helpful.”

Brandy’s landlady said she did not know anything about Bandy’s family.

A neighbor across the street from the house said she had not seen or heard anything. Another neighbor who said she was a corrections officer said she saw the crime scene set up Friday night but did not know the circumstances.

Brenda Shelto, a 47-year-old neighbor who lives a few blocks away, said the slaying was a surprise in that part of the neighborhood, which is closeby to Rochdale Village.

“Nothing goes on around here,” she said.

The 113th Precinct – which encompasses Rochdale Village, South Jamaica, St. Albans and Addisleigh Park – has recorded four murders so far this year, according to the most recent NYPD statistics. At this time in 2011, the precinct had seen three murders. Police statistics say 17 murders occurred in the 113th Precinct in 2011.

Reach reporter Rebecca Henely by e-mail at rhenely@cnglocal.com or by phone at 718-260-4564.

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