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Suspect accused of mistakenly shooting accomplice dead during botched gang ambush in NYC

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A gunman aiming to ambush rival gangsters in Queens botched the hit and ended up killing his own accomplice, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Nazieer Basir, 22, and his buddy Royhessny Sintjago, 22, planned to pump bullets into a parked car loaded with rival gang members near 90th St. and Liberty Ave. in Ozone Park about 10 p.m. Dec. 7, according to prosecutors.

But as they moved in, the car sped off.

As Sintjago ran after the vehicle with a tire jack in his hand, Basir allegedly blasted two rounds at the car. One slug struck Sintjago in the face. Both bullets missed the car.

Medics took Sintjago to Jamaica Hospital but he couldn’t be saved.

“This is an appalling example of stupid, senseless violence turning deadly,” Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said.

“The defendant charged here allegedly fired his illegal gun, missed his intended target, and killed his would-be accomplice. This mindless bloodshed must stop.”

Basir, of Jamaica, fled Queens but was later tracked down.

Basir, 22, was arraigned Tuesday in Queens Supreme Court for murder, manslaughter and weapon possession. He faces 25 year to life in prison if convicted. His next court date is Jan. 13.

His defense lawyer could not be reached for comment.


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