Douglaston Man Allegedly Shot In The Back: Queens DA

Grisly details emerge in late night drug deal gone wrong involving a Little Neck teen

The Queens District Attorney's office today provided a step-by-step account of a fatal shooting last week that  and a Little Neck teen accused of murder.

According to a criminal complaint released by Queens DA Richard Brown, the incident unfolded during an alleged drug deal in a car parked in front of 150-29 Northern Blvd. in Flushing last Wednesday night.

The suspects, Caleb Ahn, 16, of Little Neck, and Karma Sonam, 16, of Astoria, were allegedly negotiating the purchase of an unspecified amount of marijuana from Bernard Cho, 28, of Douglaston and another man, according to the Queens DA.

According to the complaint, both suspects were allegedly in possession of a loaded firearm. 

At approximately 11:45 p.m., both suspects were alleged to have struck the second man in the head with a firearm, causing a laceration and swelling to the head. Ahn and Sonam then fired one round, hitting the man in the back, the Queens DA said. 

The victim, who has not been identified, was sent to Booth Memorial Hospital where he was listed in stable condition. 

According to the Queens DA, the suspects are then accused of turning their attention to Cho, firing three to five rounds that struck the victim in the back, causing him to bleed to death. 

The suspects are then said to have fled the scene with a briefcase filled with marijuana, according to the complaint. 

Ahn and Sonam were arraigned in Queens Criminal Court on Saturday. Judge Barry Kron ordered the suspects held without bail.

The two teens are scheduled to appear in court April 1. The suspects could receive a sentence of 25 years to life in prison if convicted. 

Stephen Folkson March 21, 2011 at 06:54 PM
There has not been a Booth Memorial Hospital for about ten years. It is New York Hospital Queens. You should know better.
james March 21, 2011 at 09:16 PM
james March 21, 2011 at 09:20 PM
It was Karma Sonam who fired the loaded guns not Caleb Ahn he was just a male who was there during the scene but deffinetly who was not the one who fired the loaded gun. It can be proven. Flushing police are not good at there job acusing a young intelegent 16 year old boy of something he had not done
L March 21, 2011 at 11:09 PM
The writers of this piece should be ashamed of themselves! Why would you attach a photo of the suspect's home?!! What is your purpose in doing this? Would it please you if the suspect's family members got death threats or are egging someone from the victim's side to retaliate? Come on! You guys have no integrity and ethics! If you find yourselves not sleeping well at night, good! I wish you both more sleepless nights until you find it in yourselves to change how you do your jobs! Do you really want more senselessness in this community so that you can report on something in your local newspaper job!!!! You guys are slime!!!
Resident of Douglaston March 22, 2011 at 12:00 AM
Can you even call yourself a reporter/writer? Do not you not have any common RESPECT for someone in this community? You should do your research more carefully before reporting on something. The Korean newspapers are saying that a witness came forward and said that Caleb Ahn did NOT shoot the gun. Even if he did kill the man (which he didn't), you have no right to expose and violate his family's house and address. That's an invasion of privacy. I really have to agree with the poster above and say that I hope you have many many sleepless nights and repent for your immature and unprofessional doings.
Resident of Douglaston March 22, 2011 at 12:10 AM
Also, you even have the name of the deceased victim wrong. It's Bernard Cho. Can't even get a victim's name wrong. How do you go to work in the morning knowing that you can't even know the simplest background of the case you're reporting on? The most unprofessional, falsely written article I've ever read by far. The second one on the list is the one you wrote couple days ago, with more false information. You should quit your job before you get fired. I'm even more amazed at the retards that actually believe this bull.
Paul Leonard March 22, 2011 at 12:20 AM
Thanks for the heads up R of D. Correction made.
bb March 22, 2011 at 01:18 AM
@tim you should be quiet because you don't know either of them so stop taking without knowing the facts @l i completely agree you know that is a violation of privacy to do that so i suggest you take it down because his family can sue u for that
bb March 22, 2011 at 01:21 AM
btw you spelled his name the wrong way its sonam
Hannah G March 22, 2011 at 01:43 AM
Karma :( It's sad that the guy had to die but damn :\
bb March 22, 2011 at 01:57 AM
Yeah that true :( he was so smart he just made a really bad choice
Hannah G March 22, 2011 at 02:10 AM
I know. Honestly, I'm not saying this because I'm Karma's girl, but he was really a good guy. He just didn't make good choices.
bb March 22, 2011 at 11:14 AM
I noe and I hate that so many pepole are taking shit like don't judge etheir of them because they don't noe what etheir of them have been through in life
Arthur J caputo March 22, 2011 at 11:16 AM
All the above comments are missing the point. two punks are carrying a gun . This was a DRUG deal ,period. Misspelled names, who shot who and addresses of the drug dealers are not the focus here. Stop nit picking.All of these punks involved should go to prison and throw away the keys.
bb March 22, 2011 at 11:25 AM
@arthur stop talking because we all know they were carrying guns and that it was a drug deal but who are you to be judging anybody you yourself have probably done something that you regret everyone makes mistakes and none of us were there so we don't know what really went on
true story free caleb March 22, 2011 at 02:22 PM
i knew both the suspect and the full story and reason for all this... caleb ahn never shot any of them at the time caleb was fighting with one of them when karma seen this struggle and startd to fire shot at 1the victim and wen he seen another victim runin he shot him also ... the evidence is all there...check the 22 and the 9mm
true story free caleb March 22, 2011 at 02:43 PM
this story is not completly true.... bernard cho had about 7 different cars full of people all hold about 1 pound of weed waiting to do the transaction... i no stuff police dont no... the people tht were behind the whole set up and all that... karma was arrest 1st and to save his own self he blame caleb for the whole thing sayin he didnt shoot the 2 men... but in reality he was the shooter..... police need to check if ther was a 4/5 calabr bullet in the victim... if not then the man to blame is karma for the murber and attempted murber
Arthur J caputo March 22, 2011 at 02:56 PM
They were only carrying guns and making drugs deals. Sounds like a bunch of angels to me. get your mind in order. Who carrys guns and makes drug deals? A bunch of punks ,that's who.There ganster behavior at 16 years old, came back and bit them in the ass. Not so much their fault but the sick culture we now live in . No morality nowhere. Stealing at the gas pump ,ripping off the citizens is worse.Politicians not representing their constituents is worse. I can go on but who is listening?
bb March 22, 2011 at 02:57 PM
Ohhh I only know one of them and I don't know what 2 believe anymore
k March 22, 2011 at 04:15 PM
Caleb Ahn has been pistol whipping kids and people for a long time. they have him on video as the shooter.
SageNYC March 22, 2011 at 04:16 PM
The bottom line folks, is that no matter who shot who, if you're present, you might as well have been the shooter yourself. My 'smart, intelligent' cousin just returned home after over 25+ years for being present when someone else shot somebody, a momentary lapse in judgement. That 'this paper said he didn't shoot anyone' argument is pretty moot. He was there, he's going to pay for the crime. So sad that so many lives are ruined by this senselss act. To speak of the intelligence of an indivudal is to negate the fact that we all are responsible for the choices we make. Plenty of people have 'gone through things in life' as one post mentioned, and have NOT killed someone-over bud of all things. As far as people being upset here that others are judging these 2 kids, they ignore the fact that these two, in a fit of bad decision making, were judge, jury, and executioner to another person. We reap what we sow, as will everyone involved here. So sad.....
k March 22, 2011 at 04:17 PM
k March 22, 2011 at 04:18 PM
intelligent?!! Caleb?!! hahaha what a joke! they have it on camera.... the young "intelgent" caleb shooting the victim!
k March 22, 2011 at 04:34 PM
very well said Sage
k March 22, 2011 at 04:50 PM
Caleb has been in and out of detention centers for years now. He hit one of my boys in the head with a gun and robbed him. Caleb is a punk!! Hope he gets what he deserves... a life sentence for taking two lives!
k March 22, 2011 at 04:53 PM
why should others pay WITH THEIR LIVES, for what caleb or sonam went through in their's??!!! Don't be a fool.. what if the victim was your brother or your father?!!
k March 22, 2011 at 04:55 PM
get with it L!! Caleb is the slime here.. and K. Sonam!!
bb March 22, 2011 at 05:26 PM
Well that's how u guys see it I don't see it like that one of the guys is my friend so no matter what people say I will defend him no matter what
SageNYC March 22, 2011 at 05:43 PM
It's really not about seeing it one way, or feeling the need to defend someone else's bad decision. Unfortunately, that's just how it is bb. I understand loyalty and friendship, but at some point you have to call it like you see it. Defend no matter what? Even if their actions took a life and affected countless other lives through association? If one of those guys is truly your friend, instead of defending him, make plans on how to be there for him when he goes upstate. He's going to need you to get through the absolute hell he's about to face, and too often people are forgotten when incarcerated. And he will be incarcerated, no matter what, for a long time. 16...damn...had their whole lives ahead of them, and to be done at that age-so pointless, man...


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