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Man Shot Dead Near Woodside Houses, Second Fatal Shooting Outside Complex in a Month

Woodside Houses (Photo: QueensPost)

March 23, 2021 By Christian Murray

A man was fatally shot outside the Woodside Houses NYCHA development this afternoon, the second fatal shooting to take place by the complex in less than a month.

The police said that a 30-year-old man was shot five times in the lower body at around 1:13 p.m. in front of 31-69 49th St.. The victim was transported to Elmhurst Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

The victim’s name has yet to be released pending family notification and the police did not say what sparked the shooting or whether they had any suspects.

The incident follows the shooting death of Gudelia Vallinas, 37, who was killed by a stray bullet while she was walking near Woodside Houses on the evening of March 12.

She was killed when she got caught between two men who had an apparent altercation at the NYCHA complex. The incident spilled out on the street, and one of the men ran down Broadway firing several shots– with one bullet fatally striking her.

Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer and State Sen. Jessica Ramos, who both represent the development, issued a joint statement saying that “Woodside Houses is a good community with good people.”

The pair added that the “recent incidents of gun violence are completely unacceptable and have no place in Woodside or our city as a whole.”

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