Dead on the 17th floor: Queens man found fatally shot in high-rise

Queens shooting leaves man dead
Police at the LeFrak City apartment complex in Corona, Queens after a man was fatally shot there on May 21, 2022.
Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

A 35-year-old man was found fatally shot in the head inside a Queens high-rise apartment building on Saturday afternoon.

Officers from the 110th Precinct located the victim in a stairwell on the 17th floor of a building within the LeFrak City apartment complex at 96-10 57th Ave. in Corona just before 3 p.m. on May 21.

Police said the victim — Douglas Jones, 35, of 57th Avenue — was unconscious and unresponsive, and had suffered a gunshot wound to his head.

Responding EMS units pronounced Jones dead at the scene. His body was transferred to the Medical Examiner’s office for an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz was at the scene along with detectives canvassing the location for potential evidence. 

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz at the scene.Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

The investigation remains ongoing, police said. 

Anyone with information regarding the homicide can call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (for Spanish, dial 888-57-PISTA). You can also submit tips online at crimestoppers.nypdonline.org, or on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls and messages are kept confidential.

This story was updated on May 22 at 8:55 a.m.