A food delivery man was fatally shot while driving down a street in Queens on Saturday night, police said.
The shooting happened around 9:34 p.m. on April 30 near the corner of 108th Street and 67th Drive in Forest Hills.
officers of the 112th districtwhile responding to a 911 call about shots being fired at the scene, found the victim – Zhiwen Yan, 45, of 52nd Avenue in Elmhurst – unconscious and unconscious with a gunshot wound to the chest.
Citing police sources, WABC TV reported that Yan worked for a nearby Chinese food restaurant, The Great Wall. It is not clear at this stage whether he was deliberately targeted, according to the report.
Police sources said Yan was shot while driving his scooter towards a delivery. The suspect who shot him apparently fled in a light silver/beige sedan that was last seen heading east along 67th Parkway.
EMS transported Yan to Elmhurst Hospital, where he died shortly thereafter.
Residents of the community are now stepping up to help Yan’s family. Frances Kweller, local resident started a GoFundMe page for Yan, describing him as a hard worker who came to the United States from China and worked in food delivery for more than 20 years. He leaves behind a wife and three children, one of whom is 2 years old.
“Please help this family raise funds for college as they grieve their loss and their family’s earnings,” Kweller wrote.
As of 2:10 p.m. on May 1, almost $20,000 had already been raised towards a goal of $100,000.
On Sunday afternoon, Congresswoman Grace Meng, State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky, Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi and Councilwoman Lynn Schulman, who all represent the area, released a statement: “We have broken after last night’s shooting on 108th Street and 67th Drive. The victim of this horrific crime was known throughout our communities, and his memory will be a blessing to all who knew him. As the investigation is ongoing, we are maintaining contact with the 112th arrondissement and thank our agents for their response. Make no mistake, this perpetrator will be found and will face justice to the fullest extent. »
So far, no arrests have been made in the ongoing investigation, police sources said.
Anyone with information regarding the homicide can call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (for Spanish, dial 888-57-PISTA). You can also submit tips online at crimestoppers.nypdonline.org or on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls and messages are kept confidential.
It was the second homicide to occur in the 112th arrondissement, generally quiet in April, which recorded no murders in 2021.
On April 16, Orsolya Gaal was brutally murdered at her home on Juno Street in Forest Hills; she had been stabbed over 60 times and left in a discarded bag in nearby Forest Park.
A few days later, police arrested David Bonola – a handyman who allegedly had an affair with Gaal – on charges of killing her in a crime of passion.