Tuesday, 5 May 2009

Everyone's worried it could explode at the funeral,Police on high alert Tuesday during the funeral of a woman gunned down in a Rockaways gang shooting

Everyone's worried it could explode at the funeral.The Bloods and GIB have been warring since at least May 2006, when one man was shot and wounded after a GIB member caught him handing out stolen GIB sweatshirts, sources said.
Police on high alert Tuesday during the funeral of a woman gunned down in a Rockaways gang shooting, police sources said Monday.
Police from a number of different units - including the Gang Division, Narcotics, the Queens South Task Force and Community Affairs - will be on hand when Melissa Williams, 28, is mourned at St. John's Baptist Church on Rockaway Beach Boulevard, sources said. There will be a two-hour viewing at the church, followed by the funeral.Williams was an associate of GIB, Get It In Bricks - a reference to bricks of cocaine - police sources said. The man charged in her shooting, Nigel Vasser, also 28, is a Bloods member with a sect known as HRG Blood, for Hood Related Gangster, sources said.Sources said the NYPD is concerned about a showdown between the two gangs.The NYPD is so worried it even notified New Jersey State Police because Williams will be buried in Morganville, N.J., at the Forest Green Park Cemetery, and it is not unusual for rival gangs to confront each other graveside, sources said.Williams, who lived in Hempstead, was shot in the head during a confrontation in front of the Hammel Houses the evening of April 23. Struck once in the head, she was rushed to Peninsula Hospital Center in Far Rockaway in critical condition.Vasser was arrested later that night by detectives from the 100th Precinct, charged with attempted murder and ordered held without bail.Williams died last Saturday after her family took her off life support, police said. Her death was reclassified a homicide, and Queens prosecutors will ask a grand jury to indict Vasser on murder charges, sources said.
The funeral alert is based, sources said, on what police officers and detectives have been hearing during recent prisoner debriefings, as well as conversations with a number of informants. "Everyone's worried it could explode at the funeral," said one police source familiar with the alert.


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