Nov. 20, 2017 By Tara Law
A 22-year old Woodhaven man was shot and killed in Elmhurst early Saturday in what appeared to be a gang-related incident, according to police.
The victim, Steve Perez, was fatally shot in the torso shortly before 12:45 a.m. in the vicinity of Elmhurst Avenue and Elbertson Street, police said. He was transported to Elmhurst General Hospital where he pronounced dead.
Perez was hanging out with two friends on a street corner when they were approached by three men, the Daily News reported.
One of the men said, “Are you ABK?” and pulled out a gun, according to the Daily News. He shot Perez in the back and stomach.
ABK is a notoriously violent gang based in Jackson Heights. The gang has been linked to various crimes in the past few years, including a string of stabbings in Travers Park. This March, the Queens DA indicted six members for a thwarted gang hit and eleven others for drug dealing.
The police do not have a record of Perez as a gang member, the Daily News reported.
The investigation is ongoing. No arrests have been made.