Police Captain Reveals More Details on Sterling Place Shooting, Urges Witnesses To Come Forward

Says the police need the help of the public to solve the crime.

Police Capt. Elvio Capocci made a plea for witnesses to come forward in the  Sunday night.

He made the plea at a  tonight.

"It was a 20-year-old kid. From what I understand he was a good kid. I hear he was in church yesterday," Capocci said.

So far police have not been able to find a single witnesses who will speak to them, Capocci said.

There has not even been a single annonymous tip, he added. 

Police have not released the name of the victim yet.

"All good police work usually starts with a tip. We're waiting for that tip and hopefully we'll get it," he said.

The 20-year-old man was shot in the lobby of the 709 Sterling Place, a three-story apartment building, Capocci said. He did not live in that building, Capocci said.

"The shooters were outside, the poor kid was inside. It (the shots) might have gone through the door," he said.

"We don't know exactly what happened just yet," he added.

The man was pronounced dead at Kings County Medical Center soon after.

"It was a busy street busy part of the neighborhood," Capocci said.  But when police arrive at a scene, people scatter, and no one's seen a thing, he said.

People who might have information on the case should call the 77th Precinct at (718) 735-0611.

A March 15, 2011 at 05:41 AM
thank you for the follow up. please follow this story until justice is served. R.I.P. Joseph Battle
Unheard Voiice March 15, 2011 at 11:02 AM
I agree with A keep this followed up the fam needs to get some type of sleep and closure witnesses please come forward we already know the snitching rule but put yourselves in his loved ones position
jeremiah smith March 17, 2011 at 08:16 PM
709 is a weed spot. The cops know this. they been in that buildin many times. they arrested many people in that building.
mischelle weekes March 21, 2011 at 10:31 PM
@jeremiah smith u really need to stop posting things about joe if u did not noe him u could get ur self hurt this is not laughing fun an games matter someone has lost there child so therefore u need to mind ur biz R.I.P JOE


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