According to witnesses, McQueen started running toward his apartment, carrying his daughter, but he was shot in the back before he could get inside. The New York Post reports that McQueen was shot in the head. He was transported to Jacobi Hospital, but was pronounced dead. His young daughter sustained only a bump to her head and was covered in her father’s blood. She was released from the hospital the same day.
While McQueen was known to be a “very active gang member,” NYPD Police Commissioner Bill Bratton states, “No matter how much of a criminal record the individual with the baby had, to assassinate that individual in the full view of a public playground right across the street crosses a line.” Records indicate that 60 of the 161 murders in New York City so far this year were gang related. In 2015, 283 of the 569 shooting incidents were gang related.