Dec. 9, 2019 By Allie Griffin
A Long Island City teenager has been indicted for the fatal shooting of a man at Ravenswood Houses in 2018, the Queens District Attorney’s Office announced today.
Shahid Burton, 19, of Queensbridge Houses, has been indicted on second degree murder and second degree criminal possession of a weapon for the shooting death of 29-year-old Jelan Moreira, Acting District Attorney John Ryan announced.
He is one of two people sought in the death of Moreira, the DA said.
On Aug. 26, 2018, Burton allegedly followed Moreira as he walked through a courtyard within the Ravenswood Houses, located on 21st Street between 35th and 36th Avenues, at around 5:20 a.m.
Video surveillance allegedly shows Burton and an unapprehended man approach Moreira from behind. Burton then allegedly shot him multiple times in the torso and chest, according to the charges.
Moreira, who also lived in Queensbridge Houses, died as a result of his injuries.
Burton was only nabbed for the murder charge after he was caught for alleged fair evasion in March.
He was caught doubling up with another individual to go through a subway turnstile at a Jamaica station on March 28, 2019. He was stopped by a transit officer who then discovered the teen was wanted in connection with the 2018 homicide, according to the charges.
“The defendant, who is alleged to have shot a man numerous times in August of 2018, was apprehended only after being caught for fare evasion at the Sutphin Boulevard-Archer Avenue subway station,” Acting District Attorney Ryan said. “He is accused of killing a man as he walked through the Ravenswood Houses in August. The defendant now faces a lengthy term of incarceration.”
Burton was arraigned Friday before Queens Supreme Court Justice Michael Aloise, who ordered he be held without bail. Burton will return to court on Feb. 26. If convicted, he faces up to 25 years to life in prison.
Burton’s attorney didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.