By Geoffrey Croft
Ramel Christian, 20, of 148th St in Rosedale Queens was shot inside Marcus Garvey Park, on Tuesday at 6:00 p.m,. near 120th Street and 5th Avenue, within the confines of the 25 Pct.
A man caught fleeing the park after the shooting told police he was contacted on Facebook by the victim who said he had $5,000 in counterfeit money he wanted to sell for a discounted price of $2,000.
The man thought that was a good deal and met the victim in the park for the exchange.
He claims they were inside the park talking when he heard a single shot and fled.
He maintains he didn’t know who fired the shot and he was not charged with a crime.
Police found a single 9mm shell casing inside the park.
It remains unclear who is responsible for the shooting. Police have classified the motive as an attempted robbery.
The victim was removed to in stable condition to Harlem Hospital.
At the time of Tuesday's shooting Ramel Christian had an outstanding kidnapping warrant in connection with a carjacking incident in Queens on May 17, 2016.
A twenty-two-year old was carjacked by three assailants in front of Wendi's at 219-44 Hillside Avenue at 5:30 am.
Christian tortured his victim to obtain his pin number, stabbing him twenty times according to police.
The victim was found in an alley and brought to Jamaica Hospital where he survived.
The incident occurred within the confines of the 105 pct. in Queens.
Police say Christian faces Robbery, Assault, Grand larceny and Kidnapping charges.
The defendant has not yet been arraigned according to the Queens County District Attorney’s Office.
Two others were apprehended a day after the May incident - Iyonna Burton, 19, and Romario Alen, 18. Both were charged with Robbery, Assault, Grand larceny and Kidnapping.
On Tuesday Christian was also arrested on Robbery and Criminal possession of a weapon, charges. That complaint is sealed.
He has at least seven arrests on charges including assault, weapons possession and aggravated harassment.