Angel Candido is desribed by myfoxny.com as a combination cleaning man and stock clerk who works an overnight shift at the Met Foodmarket in Jamaica, Queens. While Mos Eisely may have been a wretched hive of scum and villainy, there are plenty of parts of Jamaica where that description would be evidence of successful urban renewal. Anyway, Candido was in a small crawlspace below the store’s office taking a little catnap last night (don’t ask). Fortunately, he had the foresight to keep a 12 gauge with him as a personal defense woobie . . .
He was roused from his dreams of rainbows and starfish about 2:00 a.m. this morning by the sound of two burglars rattling around above him.
He watched silently as the burglars, who had cut a hole in the roof, made their way to the office safe.
But then he grabbed hold of the shotgun — which he keeps with him when he sleeps — and fired a single blast.
Mamadou Koureichi, 27, was pronounced dead at the scene with a wound to the torso.
His unidentified accomplice fled, leaving the burglary tools behind.
Mr. Koureichi breathed his last right there in the store. There’s no word yet as to whether the store owner will make Candido clean the brown streak the escaping burglar no doubt left behind him as he ran from the scene.
Police at the 103rd Precinct questioned him, but Queens District Attorney Richard Brown declined to prosecute since Candido is considered a victim in the case. The weapon is registered to the store’s owner.
And this, in a part of New York City. Sure, it may be small progress but in New York City, it’s progress worth noting.