Case closed on 2005 “turf war” murders

Sentenced to life

A 37-year-old East Flatbush drug dealer was sentenced to life in prison on Sept. 7 for killing two people he mistakenly thought were taking over his turf.

Wayne Martin killed Donald Turner when he and an unidentified man opened fire at Gary’s Tire Emporium on E. 96th Street at Clarkson Avenue back on Nov. 25, 2005. Martin thought Turner was trying to cut into his marijuana trade.

Martin also shot Turner’s son, leaving him permanently disabled.

The two men then gunned down a 17-year-old employee.

Police never linked Martin to the shooting until 2008, when he was arrested for an unrelated crime and his DNA entered a New York database, at which point it was connected to DNA recovered from a knit cap left at the tire shop.

Cops were still looking for Martin’s accomplice as this paper went to press.

Gunning for cops

A 22-year-old is facing attempted murder charges after he allegedly shot at two police officers while avoiding an apparent marijuana arrest on Sept. 6.

Cops monitoring one of the many pre-Caribbean Day Parades on Lenox Road between Rogers and Nostrand Avenue attempted to investigate a group smoking marijuana at 12:40 am.

That’s when the 22-year-old peeled off, and reportedly pulled a gun and shot off 10 rounds, striking no one.

Cops shot back — shooting 15 rounds — as they chased him into an alley. When he ran into a nearby apartment building the cops searched every floor, but didn’t find him.

The next day the man was identified and surrendered to police with his attorney.

Linden Ave. killing

A teen was shot in the head on Sept. 6 in an alleged gang-related shooting on Linden Boulevard.

Police were told that the victim and a group of other males were walking between Schnectady Avenue and E. 46th Street at 4 am when another group of males started shouting “Bloods, Bloods, Bloods.”

That’s when someone pulled a gun and opened fire, striking the victim, who died the next day at the hospital.

Car looter

A 38-year-old car thief was arrested on Sept. 6 after he was spotted rooting through a 2008 Toyota Camry.

As the car owner walked toward her vehicle, which was parked on E. 48th Street between Lenox Road and Clarkson Avenue, at midnight she noticed something odd about the car.

When she pressed the button on her key to turn the interior lights on she saw the thief inside with her iPod and wallet and her side window smashed.

Cops caught the thief a short time later, and charged him with criminal mischief and petit larceny.

Gunning for trouble

A 62-year-old was behind bars on Sept. 5 after he pulled a gun on his roommate.

The two roommies were arguing in their home, which is on Westminster Road between Newkirk and Foster avenues, at 12:30 am, when the senior pulled a .25 caliber gun and threatened to shoot.

His roommie called police, who charged the senior with criminal possession of a weapon and menacing.

Soccer player killed

A St. Lucian soccer player was shot as he sat in a car outside of a Utica Avenue club on Aug. 30.

Isidore Philip Tisson and several friends went partying at McKenzie’s Care, which is between Carroll and Crown streets, after playing in the Digicel Caribbean Cup Tournament.

At 4:25 am, a gunman opened fire at the car in which 28-year-old Tisson and a 24-year-old woman were seated, wounding both of them.

The two were rushed to Brookldale Hospital, where Tisson died of his injuries. The woman, who was hit in the arm, was listed in stable condition.

Cops are trying to determine what occurred before the gunplay. Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to call CrimeStoppers at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

Wipe out graffiti

As the ongoing war against graffiti continues, cops are now offering a $500 reward to anyone with information that can lead them to the vandals that mark up the community.

The hefty reward is part of the city’s new push to rid New York of graffiti, one of the leading quality of life complaints brought to police.

Anyone with information about graffiti vandalism in their neighborhood is urged to contact either 311 or 911.

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