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Man Charged In Deadly Shooting In Locust Manor, Queens, Reportedly Over Napkin

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A Queens man has been arrested in the fatal shooting of another man in Locust Manor — reportedly amid a fight over a napkin at a bar.

Timothy Tripp, 35, of Queens, was gunned down early on the morning of June 14, police said. Responding to a 911 call at the Edge Bar and Lounge, 125-22 Merrick Blvd., police found the victim unconscious and unresponsive with gunshot wounds to his head and torso, authorities said. Tripp was pronounced dead at the scene.

On Thursday morning, police announced they have arrested Fruitquana Hawkins, 33, of Queens. He is charged with second-degree murder, criminal use of a firearm, criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment.

DNAInfo reported police sources said Tripp, who owned a clothing store and was the coach for Jamaica Bulldogs youth league football, was at the bar when Hawkins reached over his table to take a napkin.

Tripp allegedly threw the napkin in Hawkins’ face and Hawkins allegedly shot Tripp afterward, sources told the publication.

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