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Queensbridge Houses resident busted for allegedly gunning down ex-con in Long Island City in November: NYPD

Homicide detectives from the 114th Precinct arrested a Queensbridge Houses man in connection to a fatal shooting in November one block from his apartment. QNS/File photo

Feb. 2, 2024 By Bill Parry

A Queensbridge Houses man was arrested on Monday and booked at the 114th Precinct in Astoria in connection to a fatal shooting of an ex-con on the night of Monday, Nov. 20.

Yasser Saleh, 36, of 12th Street, was charged with criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment but his case is being presented to a Queens grand jury which will ultimately decide whether or not to indict Saleh and formally charge him with other crimes for allegedly gunning down 25-year-old Joseph Valdez, of Sherman Avenue in the Inwood section of Upper Manhattan.

An ex-con from Manhattan was gunned down in front of a deli on 21st Street after a heated argument escalated into violence. Photo via Google Maps

Saleh and Valdez were among a group of ten men who were gathered in front of a deli located at 40-35 21st St. just a block away from Saleh’s home. The two men began to argue just after 10:00 p.m. and when Valdez reached for his gun, Saleh beat him to the draw and shot him at point blank range multiple times to his body, according to a source familiar with the case.

Police from the 114th Precinct responded to the scene and found Valdez lying unconscious and unresponsive on the sidewalk. EMS rushed Valdez to New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Valdez was convicted of attempted murder in 2015 and he served 5 years. Following his 2020 release, he was arrested on a weapons charge and imprisoned for another year.

Saleh has a court date scheduled for Feb. 16, according to the Queens District Attorney’s office.

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