Police have arrested four suspects for attempted murder verbal dispute on the Belmont Fair in Belmont Park. According to police, on Saturday, April 18 at 11:50 p.m., a group of four people left the grounds of the fair and entered an auto and waited for a second group to exit the fair. Police said the two groups had gotten into a verbal dispute earlier.
According to police, as the second group was leaving, walking across Hempstead Turnpike to Wellington Road, the first group of four people drove toward them, produced a .380 caliber, semi-automatic handgun and shot approximately six rounds in the direction of the group crossing Hempstead Turnpike.
Police said the group who did the shooting attempted to flee westbound toward Queens but was pulled over by police who were assigned as a special detail to cover the fair.
Police arrested 23-year old Jeff Desir of Queens Village, 20-year-old Shereece Codner of Jamaica, 23-year-old Christopher Wallace of St. Albans and a 15-year-old of Queens Village who is being charged as an adult for attempted murder.
Of the group that got shot at, two males, both 17 years old, a 16-year-male, and 14-year-old female were struck by initial gunfire and transported to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries, police said.
Assemblyman Tom Alfano, who represents the Belmont area, has been pushing for economic development around Belmont Park. He said, "Is that what Belmont should be about? Is that what we want our children subjected to? The answer is no. The people have said no to this time and again. That's why the governor has to move our economic development project at Belmont now. Belmont should be a destination point with a hotel, shopping and a spa. Belmont should be a job generator and help cut taxes in Elmont. This shooting is the latest chapter in the pathetic saga of carnivals, car shows and danger at Belmont. Enough of these horror shows. The people deserve better, period."