HE WALKED UP TO A CROWD AND SHOOK THE HANDS OF 3 PEOPLE, THEN PULLED OUT A GUN AND MURDERED THE FOURTH, PROSECUTORS SAY

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Source: US Attorneys Office (2)

Mar. 4 2021, Updated 9:39 a.m. ET

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It started with a handshake and ended in an alleged murder. 

An ex-con greeted three men in Queens with handshakes and then turned to a fourth man and fatally shot him, federal prosecutors say. 

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The details in the Feb. 8 shooting were included in federal court filings charging Kevin “Cuzzo” Edwards with a gun charge. 

Edwards approached a group on a Queens street, included in the crowd was Dontae Hambrick, 34, a Bronx father of three. 

Edwards wore all black and approached the group of men. He shook the hands of three of the men before taking out a pistol and opening fire on Hambrick, according to federal prosecutors. A surveillance photo of the shooter with his gun drawn and Hambrick crouched next to his scooter was released by prosecutors. 

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According to the complaint, after shooting Hambrick multiple times in the torso and legs, Edwards walked back to his car and drove off as Hambrick collapsed. 

Hambrick went to the hospital, where he died. 

Police found several shell casings at the scene of the shooting, according to federal prosecutors. 

Weeks after the shooting, law enforcement officials found and searched Edwards’ vehicle in New Jersey. FBI agents stated they discovered a hidden compartment in the car.

In January, Edwards was arrested in Queens after being pulled over for excessively tinted windows. The cops smelled marijuana in the car and also found a firearm in the front seat, according to the federal criminal complaint filed at the time. 

Edwards was charged with being a felon in possession of a weapon, as he has three previous convictions for possession of a controlled substance, federal agents said.

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