You are reading

Two Men Charged in Fatal Shooting of Jackson Heights Man

iStock

Sep. 14, 2020 By Michael Dorgan

Two men have been indicted and charged for killing a 20-year-old Jackson Heights man in Corona in June.

Joshua Petillo, 23, and Kevin Guerra, 21, allegedly chased Dante Santillan down a street on June 30 before Petillo fatally shot him in the back, according to the Queens District Attorneys Office.

Petillo, from Ozone Park, and Guerra, from East Elmhurst, have been charged with murder in the second degree and other weapon crimes.

They face up to 25 years to life in prison if convicted of the charges.

District Attorney Melinda Katz said that both men will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

“The victim in this case was running for his life when he was shot down and killed on a residential street in a senseless act of gun violence,” District Attorney Melinda Katz said in a statement Monday.

“Shootings are literally leaving our streets stained with blood,” Katz said.

According to the charges, Petillo and Guerra chased Santillan down Warren Street at around 11:30 p.m.

Petillo allegedly fired off a single shot that struck Santillan in the back.

Wounded and bleeding, Santillan scrambled away from the defendants and made it to a restaurant on 40th Road. Police said Santillan collapsed outside the restaurant.

A friend of Santillan drove him to Elmhurst Hospital but he later succumbed to his gunshot wounds and died.

Petillo and Guerra were also charged with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree.

The pair were both remanded in custody and Queens Supreme Court Justice Barry Kron set the defendants’ return court date for Nov. 5, 2020.

email the author: [email protected]
No comments yet

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

BP launches new advisory panel for youth to become civically engaged in the future of Queens

In an effort to get more young people involved in civics, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards has created a new advisory panel known as the Youth and Young Adult Council to introduce the “youngest and fiercest” community advocates to both community service and organization.

Members of the advisory body will advocate concerns through means of community engagement by participating in one of two cohorts. The first will be made up of high school representatives between the ages of 13 and 17, while the second cohort will be comprised of young adults between the ages of 18 and 25.

Raga sworn in as first-ever Filipino American elected to the state Legislature

More than 300 community members attended the historic inauguration of Assemblyman Steven Raga as the first Filipino American elected to office in New York state.

Many who attended the swearing-in event at the Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows Corona Park wore traditional and cultural attire to the event at the building that once housed the General Assembly of the newly formed United Nations from 1946-50 until its current home in Manhattan became available for the world body.

These Queens eateries are participating in the upcoming NYC Restaurant Week

NYC Restaurant Week is underway, so nix that skillet and bring family and friends to your favorite neighborhood spot, or get inspired and break bread somewhere new and different. During this special citywide culinary event, food-lovers will enjoy curated menus and prix-fixe prices that are easy on the wallet.

Bookings began on Jan. 17 and are available until Feb. 12, and you can reserve a table at 30 participating Queens restaurants, along with hundreds more across the five boroughs.

Man dies in East Elmhurst house fire that left 10 others injured: FDNY

A man was killed in a fire that broke out inside an East Elmhurst home that also left 10 others injured late Friday night, according to the FDNY.

The FDNY received a call regarding the two-alarm fire that broke out just after 11 p.m. in a three-story residential home at 24-37 89th St. on Friday, Jan. 20. FDNY sent 25 units consisting of 106 firefighters and EMS workers to the scene. Additionally, officers from the 115th Precinct responded to the scene.