Amtrak shooting ends with suicide in Sunnyside
by Salvatore Isola
Mar 28, 2019 | 10186 views | 0 0 comments | 114 114 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A workplace argument this morning ended with one man dead and another in the hospital with a gunshot wound.

Around 8 a.m., two Amtrak workers were engaged in a heated dispute at Sunnyside Yard between Northern and Queens boulevards.

The altercation escalated, and a 53-year-old supervisor was driving away in a truck when he was shot in the leg by a fellow employee.

The suspect, 48-year-old Ricky Howell of Jamaica, fled the scene down 39th Street in a black Cadillac, resulting in a full manhunt.

“I heard the helicopters going around in circles,” said Sunnyside resident Henry Calver. “That’s when you knew something must be happening.”

Eyewitnesses reported that the NYPD tracked Howell to his car in the parking lot of a Rite Aid pharmacy on Roosevelt Avenue, directly below the 52nd Street subway station on the 7 train.

Armed officers with shields approached the vehicle and demanded that Howell surrender. After a brief standoff, he shot himself in the chest.

As Howell was removed from the scene on a stretcher, unconscious, after 9:15 a.m., multiple gunshots in the passenger and rear windows could be seen. He was rushed to Elmhurst Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

WATCH VIDEO OF OFFICERS APPROACHING THE CAR.

The supervisor was taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

At this point it is still unclear what prompted the dispute. In a statement, Amtrak police said the incident did not impact train operations.

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