Queens baby shower shooting: Police identify murder victim as search continues for killer who wounded three others

Police huddled at scene of Queens shooting
A shooting left four people wounded at 108-11 Atlantic Ave. in Richmond Hill, Queens on May 4, 2024.
Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

Police have identified the man shot dead during a shooting at a Queens baby shower early on Saturday morning that left three others seriously wounded.

Detectives are still seeking the gunman behind the deadly shooting, which occurred inside Volume 17, at 108-11 Atlantic Ave. in Richmond Hill, at about 1:30 a.m. on May 4.

Officers from the 102nd Precinct, in responding to a 911 call regarding an assault, found 24-year-old Jefari Dobie, of Jefferson Avenue in Brooklyn, shot once in the chest. EMS rushed him to Jamaica Hospital, where he died a short time later. 

Cops also found at the dance studio two other victims — a 45-year-old man shot in the left leg, and a 26-year-old man shot in the right arm. EMS brought both victims to NewYork-Presbyterian Queens Hospital, where they were listed in stable condition.

Queens law enforcement agent looks at shooting scene
A law enforcement agent looks at shattered glass following a shooting in Richmond Hill, Queens on May 4, 2024 that left a man dead and three others wounded.Photo by Lloyd Mitchell
Detectives attempt to piece together a shooting in Richmond Hill, Queens on May 4, 2024 that left one man dead and three others wounded.Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

Later, police learned that a fourth shooting victim, a 43-year-old man, arrived at Jamaica Hospital via private means. Police said the man suffered two gunshot wounds to his right arm, and was also hit in the left leg. He is now listed in stable condition at the hospital.

Throughout the early morning hours Saturday, police were seen combing the crime scene for evidence connected to the shooting. A puddle of blood was spotted on the floor of the festively-decorated studio next to boxes of diapers and gifts that had been left by shower guests.

Queens baby shower shooting
Police said the shooting happened during an early-morning baby shower in Richmond Hill, Queens.Photo by Lloyd Mitchell
Queens baby shower shooting
Numerous shell casings were found after four men were shot during a baby shower in Richmond Hill, Queens on May 4, 2024.Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

The 102nd Precinct had not recorded a homicide year-to-date through April 28, according to the most recent CompStat report. The command had also seen just one shooting all year.

The motive for Saturday’s deadly shooting remains unknown at this time, police sources said. The NYPD also did not have available a suspect’s description.

Complicating matters, police sources said, is that neither of the living victims have been cooperative with detectives at this time.

So far, no arrests have been made in the ongoing investigation, police said.

Anyone with information regarding the deadly shooting 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 X (the platform formerly known as Twitter) @NYPDTips. All calls and messages are kept confidential.

Updated on May 7 at 8:10 a.m. to correct the name of the location.

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