(Scroll down for video) An unlicensed taxi driver was arrested on charges of murder after killing his competitor during an argument, prosecutors in New York said.
Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced that 38-year-old Fabian Sullivan of Far Rockaway, Queens, has been charged with fatally shooting another unlicensed livery driver in a brazen morning attack at the intersection of Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 81 Street.
If convicted, the defendant faces up to life in prison.
Sullivan of 23-33 Mott Avenue, was arraigned before Queens Criminal Court Judge Michelle Armstrong, on charges of second-degree murder, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and tampering with physical evidence.
The defendant was ordered held without bail. According to the police investigation, Sullivan got into an argument with the victim, 38-year-old Leon Brown.
Sullivan then used his vehicle to cut off Brown, who was driving a Ford Econoline van, before stepping out of his vehicle and firing a single shot.
The bullet pierced the victim’s chest. The victim’s van continued to roll and crashed into a parked car.
The victim was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Sullivan allegedly fled the scene, but was apprehended after allegedly giving a bag containing the bullets from the gun to his sister-in-law, Hind Chokary.
Chokary, 27, of 118-40 200 Street in St. Albans, was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court on a tampering with physical evidence charge and was released on her own recognizance.
If convicted, Chokary faces up to four years in prison.