Man arrested at JFK in construction shooting

A man suspected in the shooting of a construction worker in Manhattan was arrested Tuesday at Kennedy Airport after an official said he applied for a job with the same union local as that of the victim he allegedly shot on Monday.

The name of the suspect was not released by Port Authority Police, who arrested him, or by the NYPD. The NYPD said only that "two individuals" are in custody and are being questioned in connection with the shooting Monday, but said it was not clear if that was related to the arrest at Kennedy.

A Port Authority spokesman, Steve Coleman, said the suspect arrested at a job site at Kennedy not only was wanted in connection with the construction-worker shooting on Monday, but in connection with a homicide that occurred in the 109th Precinct in Queens. Information about that crime was not immediately available.


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The shooting Monday occurred at about 9 a.m. at a job site on 49th Street between Eighth and Ninth avenues in Manhattan.

Police said a disgruntled ex-worker shot a construction worker from the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 15. The male victim survived that shooting.

On Tuesday, Coleman said, a supervisor with the same union called the Port Authority Police to report that he recognized a man who had come to his construction trailer at Kennedy to apply for work as a heavy-equipment operator as the suspect in the Monday shooting -- and that the suspect was still at the site.

Two Port Authority officers, identified as Officer Michael Farley and Sgt. James Graff, then went to the site near Lefferts Boulevard and took the suspect into custody.

Coleman said the arrest was made without incident.

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