Man shot dead by suspect who thought he was a Bloods member


A 19-year-old man was shot dead in Queens late Thursday by a gunman who believed he was a member of the Bloods gang, cops said. 

Cristobal Alfredo Ixquier Mejia, 19, was hanging outside 147th Place and Jamaica Avenue in Jamaica, possibly drinking, just before 10 p.m. when two people approached, police said. 

Ixquier Mejia was wearing a red jacket, prompting the duo to ask him if he was a Blood, cops said. 

Then one of the men opened fire, striking him in the chest, cops said. 

Ixquier Mejia, who lived about a half-mile from the scene, was taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, cops said. 

Hours later, around 1:45 a.m. Friday, cops busted 20-year-old Shareese Smith, of Brooklyn, in connection to the slaying, police said.

He was charged with murder and weapons possession charges, police said. 

Police at the scene of the shooting.

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