NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A 19-year-old is charged with murder in a deadly shooting outside a hotel on Queens New Year’s Day.
Police said Richard Swygert was arrested Tuesday on charges of murder, attempted murder, assault and criminal possession of a firearm.
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The Bronx man is accused of killing 20-year-old Robert Williams in front of a hotel in Kew Gardens shortly after midnight on New Year’s Day. Two other men were also shot.
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Williams’ family said he was shot just one day before his 21st birthday. He and some friends were staying at the hotel to celebrate it when a trip to get food resulted in a quarrel with the suspect in the lobby.
“I pray that my son’s soul is at peace,” said his mother, Robin Williams, after his death. “I pray for the cowards who killed my son, shot his friend and others because their families are also going to suffer.”
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Police said they were looking for three other suspects in the shooting. Anyone with information please call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-8477 or for Spanish, 1-888-577-4782. Tips can also be sent to NYPDTips Twitter account or posted online at NYPDCrimeStoppers.com.
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