GUN VIOLENCE: Xavier Granville, 17, was shot to death after he was ambushed on Beach 15th Street in Far Rockaway by two masked men, armed with an AK-47 and a .45 caliber pistol, the NY Daily News reports. The gunmen were reportedly wearing ski masks when they accosted the teen and two of his friends. The teen was the only one shot. Police are trying to ascertain why he was singled out and if he was a gang member. He was reportedly at a party shortly before the murder.
UPDATED 12/31/12: Police have made arrests in the murder of Xavier Granville — Dashawn Deverow and Jamane Yarbrough were charged with his murder, NBC reports:
“Dashawn Deverow, 21, and Jamane Yarbrough, 16, both of Far Rockaway, were charged with the murder of 17-year-old Xavier Granville, who was shot early Saturday … Deverow was also charged with criminal possession of a weapon.”