Sunday, September 6, 2009

Young woman shot dead at party in Queens; wounded by gunfire in same spot months ago

From the Daily News by Kerry Wills, Clare Trapasso, Wil Cruz and Joe Kemp:

A woman was killed early Saturday when bullets flew at a house party in Queens - just months after she was wounded in another shooting at the same location, police and witnesses said.

Shante Graham, 22, was shot in the chest when two gunmen in a black Nissan drove up to the party in Saint Albans about 12:20 a.m. and opened fire.

"She was running back toward the house, and they shot her," said Gavin Spence, 18, who saw the shooting at Nashville Ave. and 199th St. "She just fell to the ground."

Graham's mom, Arlette Graham, 44, said her daughter still had bullet fragments in her side from the March shooting.

"Shante was full of life and it was cut too short," said Graham.

Shante Graham was pronounced dead at Franklin Hospital about an hour after the shooting, sources said.

The gunmen drove off and were still being sought late Saturday. Cops found their vehicle on 118th St.

Two others at the party were wounded. Police said a 20-year-old woman walked into North Shore University Hospital with a graze wound to the head. A man in his 20s was shot in the hand and treated at Jamaica Hospital. Their names were not released.

With Sarah Armaghan

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