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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. 

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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